Using the Very, Very Simple Climate Model in the Classroom

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Through a simple interactive online model, students learn about the relationship between carbon dioxide emissions, carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere, and average global temperature. The simulation predicts changes throughout the 21st century based on the level of carbon dioxide emissions chosen by the students. They develop and test a scenario using the model and read and interpret the graphs produced by the simulation. Keep in mind, this model doesn't address other factors related to global climate change (hence the very, very simple model).

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