Climate: A Balancing Act

In this activity students learn how Earth's energy balance is regulating climate. This activity is lesson 4 in the nine-lesson module Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change.

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The King's Center for Visualization in Science
Activity takes about 1-2 class periods, depending on age and background of students.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

The activity is easy to follow.

The video quality (video provided in the introduction) is poor.
Though the applets are easy to follow, adjusting the parameters in the "Earth's Radiation Balance" applet can be difficult to get the right numbers, which may be frustrating for students.