This series of activities and experiments demonstrates the importance of feedbacks and the balance of mass and energy in governing the response of any system to change. Energy balance and the factors that cause change (feedbacks) are the keys to understanding climate change, and therefore the keys to understanding the effects of rising levels of greenhouse gases on the environment. Although these activities are designed to teach specific skills and knowledge through scientific inquiry, their broader intent is to stimulate thought about the long-term impacts of a warmer planet. Through their participation in the six activities that follow, students will observe how systems change as variables change, observe and describe models to determine the steady state relationships of its variables, explain how changes in the model will change these relationships, use simple scientific tools to measure and record, provide data and conclusions based on the data, apply their knowledge to real life systems and predict how real life systems will be influenced by changes in variables. This module is one of twelve that were developed to examine the potential impacts of climate variability and change and is part of an overall series entitled The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.
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Adobe Acrobat reader
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These materials may be freely used. It is requested that credit be given to the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-574
This resource is part of 'Institute for Global Environmental Strategies'
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Author: Eric Barron
Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences