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Climatologist's Toolbox
This Why Files feature posted November 6, 1997 explains some of the tools employed by the climatologist, and how they are used to measure climate or look back in time to see what climate was like long ago. How do scientists forecast what might be in store for the planet? Topics include how scientists take the Earth's temperature and use computer-based climate models, ice cores from remote glaciers and ice caps, lake sediments, archaeology, and tree rings to help them look back in time. Five scientists were interviewed for this report.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Report
  • Climatology
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999, University of Wisconsin, Board of Regents
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-059
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Terry Devitt
The Why Files

Publisher: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate School