Surface Temperature Change and Sun's Energy

This short animation compares graphs of the natural variation in the sun's energy striking the upper atmosphere vs global surface temperature over a 30-year period to make the point that natural variations do not account for the rising trend line in surface temperatures.

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This short animation addresses a common misconception about climate change and can help clarify that misconception.

Animation should follow scaffolding so that students have some understanding of natural cycles and variability, so they can make sense of the visualization's demonstration that although the solar cycle influences atmospheric temperatures, it does not account for the long long-term rising trend line in surface temperatures.

Educator could use the visuals and data presented as a window to a more in-depth discussion of evidence for human influence on climate change.