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National Science Education Standards:
Science as Inquiry
* Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
* Understandings about scientific inquiry
* Populations and ecosystems
* Interdependence of organisms
Life & Climate are Linked
* Life on Earth has been shaped by, depends on, and affects climate.
* The evolution of organisms can be driven by specific climatological conditions, including
but not limited to temperature, humidity, precipitation, and sunlight.
* Changes in one or more of these climate conditions can produce damaging changes in
* Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms as
well as entire species.
The Nature of Science
* We increase our understanding of the climate system through observation and modeling.
* We gain understanding of climate and how it has changed over time from observational
data from weather stations, buoys, satellites, radars, ice and ocean sediment cores, tree
rings, cave deposits, native knowledge, and other sources.
Natural Variability & Change
* Earth's weather and climate vary over time and space.
* Climate is understood as the atmospheric conditions (i.e., weather variables) averaged
over a long period of time (season, year, or longer) and over a large area (region,
continent, or larger).
* The temperature of a specific place on Earth's surface tends to rise and fall in a
somewhat predictable pattern every day and over the course of a year.
* Differences in the intensity of sunlight warm Earth's surface and produce daily, seasonal
and long-term variations in temperature.
* The Coral Reef Alliance. (2002). International coral reef information network.
* NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. http://coralreef.noaa.gov/
* NOAA/NESDIS. (2003). NOAA/NESDIS experimental degree heating weeks.
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U.S. Global Change Research Program. Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators, text, June 2009; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc29330/m1/4/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .