Climate Change as Simulated by NCAR

This animation depicts global surface warming as simulated by NCAR's Community Climate System Model (CCSM) Version 3. It shows the temperature anomalies relative to the end of the 19th century (1870-1899), both over the entire globe and as a global average. The model shows the temporary cooling effects during the 5 major volcanic eruptions of this time period, and then the model's estimates of warming under the different scenarios taken from the fourth IPCC report.

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National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

This animation could be effectively used in classroom discussions of the broad changes in surface temperature through the Industrial Revolution.

Works best when students watch one section of the world at a time, i.e., the Arctic first, Antarctica, then their own region of the US.

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