Resource Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science

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A range of natural records show that the last 10,000 years have been an unusually stable period in Earth's climate history.Modern human societies developed during this time. The agricultural, econo... Explanation Weather and Climate, Global Climate, Economy Impacts: Temperature Changes, Economy Impacts: Water Cycle Changes Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 PCEP
A significant increase or decrease in the Sun's energy output would cause Earth to warm or cool. Satellite measurements taken over the past 30 years show that the Sun's energy output has changed on... Explanation Earth's Energy Budget, Solar Energy Input, Investigating Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College PCEP
Airborne particles, called "aerosols," have a complex effect on Earth's energy balance: they can cause both cooling, by reflecting incoming sunlight back out to space, and warming, by absorbing hea... Explanation Atmosphere, Reflection Energy Outflow, Life Affects Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College PCEP
Based on evidence from tree rings, other natural records, and scientific observations made around the world, Earth's average temperature is now warmer than it has been for at least the past 1,300 y... Explanation Global Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College PCEP
Changes in climate can affect the health and function of ecosystems and the survival of entire species. The distribution patterns of fossils show evidence of gradual as well as abrupt extinctions r... Explanation Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Global Climate, Investigating Climate, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Temperature Changes, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Water Cycle Changes Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College PCEP
Climate is determined by the long-term pattern of temperature and precipitation averages and extremes at a location. Climate descriptions can refer to areas that are local, regional, or global in e... Explanation Weather and Climate Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College PCEP
Climate is not the same thing as weather. Weather is the minute-by-minute variable condition of the atmosphere at a local scale. Climate is a conceptual description of an area's average weather and... Explanation Weather and Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College PCEP
Climate plays an important role in the global distribution of freshwater resources. Changing precipitation patterns and temperature conditions will alter the distribution and availability of freshw... Explanation Water/Food Impacts: Temperature Changes, Water/Food Impacts: Water Cycle Changes Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College PCEP
Covering 70% of Earth's surface, the ocean exerts a major control on climate by dominating Earth's energy and water cycles. It has the capacity to absorb large amounts of solar energy. Heat and wat... Explanation Water Cycle, Ocean Thermal Energy, Global Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College PCEP
Earth's climate is influenced by interactions involving the Sun, ocean, atmosphere, clouds, ice, land, and life. Climate varies by region as a result of local differences in these interactions. (C... Explanation Climate and ESS, Regional Climates Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College PCEP

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