Developing & Using Models Activity #5: Measuring Albedo and Climate Modeling


Grades Targeted: High School

General Objective: Students manipulate clouds, albedo and carbon dioxide within a computerized atmospheric model.

Students investigate and analyze each variable’s impact on global climate temperature.

Brief Details: Lessons leading up to this modeling activity: Students complete the “Radiant Energy Lab” and “Reflection and Absorption Lab” as needed to build background knowledge regarding energy conversion prior to this activity (lessons included in the resources linked below).

Before launching the “Measuring Albedo Simulation” I also play a short NASA video regarding Polar Ice Modeling:

Related Crosscutting Concepts:

Related Disciplinary Core Ideas:

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