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Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century

In this TIEE dataset, students address the question of how global global temperatures change during the 21st century, and how these changes vary geographically, seasonally, and depending upon future human activities.

Students consider how to detect trends in large data sets against a background of variation. They use output from global climate models to examine projected climate change during the 21st century under a range of greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.
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Resource Group QUBES
Resource Group Link http://ecoed.esa.org/index.php?P=AdvancedSearch&Q=Y&FK=QUBES&RP=5&SR=...
Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Abiotic environment, global change, global warming, climate change, greenhouse gases, latitudinal gradients, seasonality
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Language
Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Description Skills used include working in groups, working with spreadsheets, detecting and comparing trends in data and making inferences, presenting data using figures, comparison of data collected in different locations and under different conditions, and report writing. Student-active approaches include guided group discussions and combining data analyses using a jigsaw approach. Assessable outcomes include
graphs and statistical analyses, oral presentations, and possibly a written report.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Biology Department, Southwestern University, 1001 East University Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626, USA.
Primary Author email taubd@southwestern.edu
Secondary Author Name(s) Gillian S. Graham
Secondary Author Affiliation(s) Biology Department, Southwestern University, 1001 East University Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626, USA.
Rights Copyright 2011 by Daniel R. Taub, Gillian S. Graham and the Ecological Society of America
Date Of Record Submission 2011-08-29

Resource Comments

Subject: Comment On: Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century
Posted By: dawnlemke
Date Posted: 2016-07-14 11:59:13
This is a great resource. I used this module in a small (8 students) upper level earth science class small class. Even though this was an upper level class many students needs a lot of support with the quantitative and excel skills. Prior to the lab we completed a week on climate and a week on climate change, focusing on social and political aspects. I did not make any revisions to the TIEE module. I did end up walking them through one latitude, showing them all the excel tools. They then worked in groups of two to complete the exercise for one latitude. By the end of the lab we had 5 latitudes and as a group we discussed the results.
Subject: Comment On: Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century
Posted By: KByrne
Date Posted: 2016-06-30 23:06:25
I used this module in my sustainability minor capstone course. Students really enjoyed the module and I plan to use it again in the future. See my materials here: https://qubeshub.org/collections/post/1960

This message was edited by KByrne on June 30, 2016 at 11:06 pm.

Subject: Comment On: Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century
Posted By: doverath
Date Posted: 2016-05-23 15:00:42
I coupled a 'stripped down" version of this module with "Investigating the footprint of climate change on phenology and ecological interactions in north-central North America" (Kellen Calinger*, The Ohio State University, 2014)in an introductory biology course for majors at a community college.

You can find more information about how I did this at: https://qubeshub.org/collections/post/1489.
Subject: Comment On: Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century
Posted By: dsfernandez1
Date Posted: 2016-05-22 20:02:13
I used this module in my General Ecology lab (teaching in Spanish). The use of a large dataset to answer scientific question, was a new experience for all the students. It is important to take in account the time required to put all the students at the same level on the use of spreadsheet software and performing the regression analysis. Here are more comments and resources:
https://qubeshub.org/collections/post/1478
Subject: Comment On: Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century
Posted By: mbakermans1
Date Posted: 2016-05-19 19:29:51
This module was great to use in a large introductory Biology class (Environmental Biology) for non-majors because of its large dataset. I broke this module up into multiple assignments and added an assignment before and after the module components. These modifications allowed this set of assignments to be used in a group project setting for an entire term while integrating concepts from the other parts of the class. Students were given some class time to work together on their assignments related to this module.
You can view my notes and modifications at https://qubeshub.org/collections/post/1469

This message was edited by mbakermans1 on May 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm.

Subject: Comment On: Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century
Posted By: steinweg
Date Posted: 2016-05-18 11:26:29
I really liked this model to show forecasting of climate change. There is a lot of data here and several directions to go for interpretation (scenario, season, latitude) and I'll be coming back to this module in the future. My first semester potential biology majors struggled during their first experience with Excel but I know next time to provide a handout with directions.

The modified version of this module can be found at https://qubeshub.org/collections/post/1463/

This message was edited by tmourad on June 16, 2016 at 11:13 am.

Subject: Comment On: Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century
Posted By: noelb
Date Posted: 2016-05-11 12:12:39
This particular module was fantastic to use to highlight predictive climate changes in temperature across different latitudes. I modified the module towards a non-major undergraduate course and have provided that hyperlink here:

https://qubeshub.org/collections/post/1460

Fantastic resource that can facilitate conceptual understanding of climate change impacts.

This message was edited by tmourad on June 16, 2016 at 11:05 am.

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