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Topics Explored: Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change, Effects of Ocean Warming, Ocean Acidification, Percentage Change Calculations
This case study explores the causes and global impact of climate change.   Answer key included.

Case Study: Climate Change (Teacher & Student Edition)

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    (1 Teacher Edition and 1 Student Edition)

  • Next Generation Science Standards:
    HS-ESS2-2  Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    HS-ESS2-4   Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    HS-ESS2-6  Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
    HS-ESS3-1   Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. 
    HS-ESS3-2   Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios. 
    HS-ESS3-3   Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity. 
    HS-ESS3-4   Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. 
    HS-ESS3-5  Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems. 
    HS-ESS3-6   Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.

    AP Environmental Science Curriculum Topics:
    9.3: Identify the greenhouse gases. Identify the sources and potency of the greenhouse gases.
    9.4: Identify the threats to human health and the environment posed by an increase in greenhousegases.
    9.5 Explain how changes in climate, both short- and long-term, impact ecosystems.
    9.6 Explain the causes and effects of ocean warming.
    9.7: Explain the causes and effects of ocean acidification.
    9.10 Explain how human activities affect biodiversity and strategies to combat the problem.

    AP Environmental Science Practices:
    Practice 1: Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models presented in written format.
    Practice 2: Analyze visual representations of environmental concepts and processes.
    Practice 3: Analyze sources of information about environmental issues.
    Practice 4: Analyze research studies that test environmental principles.
    Practice 5: Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, and graphs.
    Practice 6: Apply quantitative methods to address environmental concepts.
    Practice 7: Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems.

    IB Environmental Systems Learning Objectives:
    6.1.1 Describe the role of greenhouse gases in maintaining mean global temperature.
    6.1.2 Describe how human activities add to greenhouse gases.
    6.1.3 Discuss qualitatively the potential effects of increased mean global temperature.
    6.1.4 Discuss the feedback mechanisms that would be associated with an increase in mean globaltemperature.
    6.1.5 Describe and evaluate pollution management strategies to address the issue of global warming.
    6.1.6 Outline the arguments surrounding global warming.
    6.1.7 Evaluate contrasting human perceptions of the issue of global warming.


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