Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change

"Education in and about chemistry is critical in addressing challenges such as global climate change, in providing sustainable sources of clean water, food and energy and in maintaining a wholesome environment for the well being of all people..." -UN International Year of Chemistry resolution



Key ideas:

  1. What is climate?
  2. Earth's unique climate
  3. Earth's atmosphere
  4. Regional climate differences
  5. Temporal climate differences

Key ideas:

  1. Ice cores
  2. Temperature trends
  3. Trends in atmospheric gases
  4. Relationships between trends
  5. The past 250 years

Key ideas:

  1. Temperature and energy in Earth's atmosphere
  2. Properties of gases
  3. Absorption and emission of radiation
  4. Atmospheric molecular interactions
  5. Are all greenhouse gases the same?

Keys ideas:

  1. What is a radiation balance?
  2. Incoming Solar radiation
  3. Reflection of Solar radiation
  4. Emission of infrared radiation
  5. The Greenhouse Effect

Keys ideas:

  1. Polar Regions
  2. Coral Reefs
  3. Vector-Borne Disease
  4. Extreme Weather
  5. Biodiversity

Keys ideas:

  1. Water Vapour
  2. Carbon Dioxide
  3. Methane
  4. Nitrous Oxide
  5. CFCs and Other Greenhouse Gases

Keys ideas:

  1. What is a Feedback Loop?
  2. Carbon Dioxide as a Thermostat
  3. Methane Feedbacks
  4. Water Feedbacks
  5. The Mountain Pine Beetle

Keys ideas:

  1. The Global Regulator
  2. Energy Balance
  3. Ocean Acidification
  4. Carbon Speciation
  5. Immeasurable Importance

Keys ideas:

  1. Our Children's World
  2. Powering the Future
  3. A Mosaic of Solutions
  4. The Human Element
  5. Our Window of Opportunity