Investigating Climate Change at a Macroscopic and Microscopic Level

This activity uses two interactive simulations to illustrate climate change, 1) at the micro/molecular level - modeling the impact of increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere on surface temperature and 2) at the macro level - modeling changes in glacier thickness and flow as a result of rising surface temperature.

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Amy Rouinfar

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educator should definitely familiarize her/himself with the simulations before using them with students.

Students should be encouraged to partner and experiment with simulations (adjusting parameters, etc) before beginning the activity.

This exercise, also from the PhET site, could be used to guide students as they learn to use the Greenhouse Effect simulation: [link]