Exploring Regional Differences in Climate Change

This teaching activity addresses regional variability as predicted in climate change models for the next century. Using real climatological data from climate models, students will obtain annual predictions for minimum temperature, maximum temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation for Minnesota and California to explore this regional variability. Students import the data into a spreadsheet application and analyze it to interpret regional differences. Finally, students download data for their state and compare them with other states to answer a series of questions about regional differences in climate change.

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Denise Blaha
Rita Freuder
Earth Exploration Toolbook from TERC
Activity takes up to four 45-minute class periods depending on how activity is used. Computer access is necessary.

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Well designed activity with very clear screenshots that guide the user through the different steps.

Students need to be familiar with Excel.

There is an option of downloading the relevant data sets from the EET site without using the EOS -Webster interface, however the available data is comma-delimited (see instructions for import to Excel).

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