Milankovitch Cycles Climate Applet

An applet about the Milankovitch cycle that relates temperature over the last 400,000 years to changes in the eccentricity, precession, and orbital tilt of Earth's orbit.

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Tom Whittaker
University of Wisconsin

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Instructor should take a few minutes to go over the directions below the applet.

Be sure to note that you can view the diagram from either the top or the side view.

Suggestion: first have students plot temperature data from the Vostok ice core (link on visualization page), and then use this applet to explore and 'test' the strength of various forcing cycles.