2-2: Climate Models

Importance of this Unit to the Course

In previous units we have seen that changes in the chemistry of our atmosphere are causing changes in the global energy balance. To understand how these changes will translate into changes in climate on a global and regional basis we need to use climate models. The results of these models will used in Blocks 2 and 3 to show how future environmental conditions such as water supplies, agriculture, and natural ecosystems will differ from the present.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. (Print text for offline review; images only.)
  2. Take the Quiz
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading