Climate Change

climate change

Climate change is the planetary issue of our time and it’s the issue where human beings finally realized that they were affecting everything. This video looks at some of the ways scientists are able to understand the state of our climate… from thousands of years in the past to the present and projecting into the future.

How to Use this Video

This video explores describes the basic science of climate change. How do we know about climate in the past? What are humans interfering with? How can we make predictions about what will happen in the future?

Find the video below, as well as some of the important science senses it features relating to using proxies and models, finding relationships and trends, and replicating scientific results.

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Science Senses Featured in this Video

Data sense

Using proxies

Using models

Finding relationships and trends

Doing statistical analysis

Interpreting graphs

Knowledge sense

Understanding how science makes progress: replication of results

Applying scientific knowledge

Communicating science

Activities & Lesson Plans

Climate Modeling – NASA Goddard has developed an educational version of their climate models that students can use to explore climate variables. See the Educational Global Climate Modeling resource. (DS – using models).

Data Interpretation – put together a portfolio of climate figures (IPCC forecasts, sea level, global temperature, ice record, fire frequency, etc.). Have students work in groups to understand the data being described and then present that data to the class. If there’s time, discuss how some of these graphs can be misinterpreted to support a climate denier’s viewpoint. (DS – using proxies, using models, doing statistical analysis, interpreting graphs; KS – communicating science).


Hansen J. 2004. Defusing the global warming time bomb. Scientific American. Pages 69-77.

Hansen et. al. 2012. Perception of climate change. PNAS. E2415-32423.

Earle. 2015. Chapter 19: Climate Change from Earle. Physical Geology. (Access the OER here.)

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