Exploring Climate Change with GIS

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/exploring-climate-change-gis
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Esri
Summary:Earth's climate is a product of and is affected by many things—and it's changing. Long-term and short-term processes, such as plate tectonics and volcanism, contribute to climate. Likewise, human influences, such as rising CO2 levels from fossil fuel burning and deforestation, play active roles. The expression of climate change is seen in a variety of forms: Erratic weather patterns and rising sea levels are among the most discussed. There are also interdependent ripple effects that can include the spread of disease, famine, conflict, loss of habitat and biodiversity, and other less immediately visible social, political, and environmental events. The factors at play in shaping our climate as well as the manifestation of its effects are geographic in nature. Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and methods are vital in documenting, monitoring, analyzing, and predicting these dynamic activities and interdependencies. Climate scientists and others in numerous careers and disciplines use GIS and its integrative nature to tackle these issues. You can, too.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 4; Big Idea 6; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-5; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Stability and change
Subjects: climate; climate change; earth science week; gis; mapping; pollution
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