Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Feedback of Ice and Clouds - Section 5: Explore

 

Teaching and using causal loop diagrams in the context of climate change helps students to articulate their understanding of the dynamic interconnected nature of climate change variables. The task of building them requires students to link together key variables and the causal relationships between them. In doing do they create a more coherent story about climate change. 

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  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Causal Loop Diagrams
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Feedback of Ice and Clouds

Unit 3: Understanding Our Changing Climate: Systems Thinking & Global Warming
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT explain the albedo effect, describe positive and negative feedback loops; and identify the uncertainty about feedback loops and scientists ability to predict future climate conditions.

Big Idea: Students explore how the cooling effect of snow, ice and clouds affects Earth climate.

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