Climapse - The Times They Are a-Changin'

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Primary School, Secondary School

Natural Sciences, Nature and Technology, Mathematics



Keywords: Climate change, meteorology data acquisition, global warming, glacier, climate history, air quality, geographical data comparison, satellite data usage
Disciplines: Earth science, biology, physics, mathematics, ICT
Age level of the students: 12-16
Time frame: Introductory unit for 1 lesson



Interactive exercises
NASA Climate Time Machine



When weather is averaged over 30 years, we call it climate. This very rough definition shows the problem already. The time period is long for us but very short for our Earth. The following unit shows students the visible effects of climate change in Europe and helps them to recognise recurring weather phenomena as signs of the human-driven climate change.

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The lesson begins with a shocking video about tornadoes and their destructive power in Modena, northern Italy. Students see that here in Europe we are directly affected by the increase of extreme weather conditions, that were uncommon in the past.

Interactive exercises

This introduction is followed by interactive exercises that raise awareness of different aspects as a consequence of climate change. This will include extreme weather conditions like heavy floods as well as geographical and biological indications. The exercise shows the melting glaciers in Europe and the effect of earlier blooming due to warming. We tried to use examples all over Europe to show the implication for us all. You will find all the interactive exercises at the end of this unit.

NASA Climate Time Machine

The lesson ends with large-scale phenomena shown by the climate time machine from NASA. This will make it clear that saving our local environment will save our earth.

Global warming is not only a problem for Europe, it affects the whole world. The Students examine the effects on a global scale by the NASA Climate Time Machine.


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Authors of Climapse: Johannes Almer (DE), Marco Nicolini (IT), Teresita Gravina (IT)

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