Visualizing the drivers of climate change

I’m planning a few posts on visualization in the classroom. I’ll be brief today.

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Peter Mahaffy

The promise of visualization is that a well-conceived pictorial representation can greatly aid in the understanding of a complex topic. There are many caveats here, but I’ll start with the promise.

New online interactive periodic table making a big splash in science circles
Brian Martin with the new interactive periodic table of the elements

I had the opportunity to work with the very cool people at the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science  a few years back. The centre, led by Dr. Peter Mahaffy and Dr. Brian Martin of The King’s University in Edmonton, develops computer-based dynamic visualizations of topics of interest and important to students of science and mathematics. (I worked on the Mathematically Modeling the Spread of the West Nile Virus visualization. I’ll talk about that one another day.)

For the science teacher interested in promoting student understanding of  The Science of Climate Change, you’re in for a real treat. There are 17  applets illustrating the behaviour of CFCs, structure of the atmosphere, infrared spectral windows, visualizing global climate and more. This is a fantastic resource.

If you don’t have the time to click on the link and explore, I’ll leave you with just one applet here. (The link will open a new tab).

Visualizing Global Climate Change

 

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