Exploring Regional Differences in Climate Change
Published: November 2004. Last Updated: October 2012.
Most people understand that significant changes in climate are predicted in the next century, but they may not be aware that these changes will likely vary regionally. Using modeled climatological data from the University of New Hampshire's EOS-EarthData
, you will obtain modeled, annual predictions for minimum temperature, maximum temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation for Minnesota and California. This will enable you to explore climate change's impacts on two very different regions. Data used in this chapter will span the years 2000 through 2100. You will import the data into a spreadsheet application and analyze it to interpret regional differences. Finally, you will download data for a third state of your choice and compare the new data with the first two states in order to answer a series of questions about the regional differences in climate change.
This chapter is part of the Earth Exploration Toolbook. Each chapter provides teachers and/or students with direct practice for using scientific tools to analyze Earth science data. Students should begin on the Case Study page.
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