Climate System Resources


  
collapse Topic : Causes of Climate Change ‎(2)
Cyclical and Natural Changes
Human-Caused Changes
collapse Topic : Climate System ‎(12)
Atmospheric Circulation
Atmospheric Composition
Carbon Cycle
Climate Compared to Weather
Climate Feedbacks
Global Energy Balance
Greenhouse Effect
Ocean and Climate
Orbital Cycles
Regional Climates
Solar Radiation
Water Cycle
collapse Topic : Human Responses to Climate Change ‎(3)
Personal Responsibility
Risk Management
Social Values
collapse Topic : Impacts of Climate Change ‎(13)
Agricultural Changes
Economic Impacts
Ecosystem Changes
Extreme Weather
Freshwater Resources
Great Lakes Impacts
Melting Ice and Permafrost
Ocean Warming and Acidification
Plants and Animals
Public Health
Sea Level Rise
Surface Temperature Warming
Uncertainty
collapse Topic : Measuring and Modeling Climate ‎(2)
Climate Modeling
Gathering and Measuring Climate Data

Climate Compared to Weather

Activities

Weather vs. Climate. Climate Change: A Wisconsin Activity Guide. Wisconsin DNR. Grades 7-12. http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/teacher/Climateguide/pdf/01-1017-weatherclimate.pdf. This section of the Activity Guide provides an activity and worksheets to help students gain an understanding of the differences that distinguish weather from climate.

Changes Close to Home. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Grades 6-8. http://forces.si.edu/arctic/pdf/ACT%202_CHANGES.pdf. This activity develops student understanding of the relationship of weather and climate. Students use interview techniques to explore perceptions about local climate change among long-time residents of their community. Students then compare the results of their interviews to long term local temperature and precipitation records.

General Web Resources

What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate? NASA. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html. This short article by NASA explains the difference between weather and climate and discusses who is responsible for studying each.

Climate Concepts. Climate Change Kids. EPA. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/basics/concepts.html. This page defines climate and differentiates climate from weather.