Probabilities, Uncertainties and Units Used to Quantify Climate Change

In this exercise learners use statistics (T-test using Excel) to analyze an authentic dataset from Lake Mendota in Madison, WI that spans the last 150 years to explore ice on/ice off dates. In addition, students are asked to investigate the IPCC Likelihoodscale and apply it to their statistical results.

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Wendy Van Norden
University of Wisconsin - Global and Regional Climate Change
Activity takes one to two 45-minute class periods.

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Well-designed activity.

Students need a working knowledge of Excel spreadsheets and computer access to do the activity.

Some students might feel overwhelmed by the statistics, but the explanations are very well written so that they can follow the steps and fully understand the result they are getting.

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