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Earth Climate Course: What Determines a Planet's Climate? DLESE Reviewed Collection
This resource consists of four modules with teachers? guides: 1) Temperature Variations and Habitability, 2) Modeling Hot and Cold Planets, 3) Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability, and 4) How Do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Atmospheres. Scientific inquiry and the research tools used to do research play a major role in these modules. Presented with a science problem, students seek answers and consensus by experimenting with physical and computer models, collecting and analyzing their own measurements, and conducting comparisons with data from satellites and ground-based observations. NASA missions and related Earth and space science topics provide the real world problem context for student investigations. The resource aims to help students to develop an understanding of our environment as a system of human and natural processes that result in changes that occur over various space and time scales.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Curriculum
    • Module / Unit
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
    • Modeled
    • Remotely sensed
  • Tools:
    • Software
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Environmental science
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
  • Physics
  • Space science
  • Other
Technical requirements:
Excel spreadsheet
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
Cost information is not known
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd576
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in society
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Columbia University