Byrd Polar Research Center Climate Model Simulation

This set of animations and interactive simulations from the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University helps students develop an understanding of models used to understand the Earth system. Students consider the types of data that need to be included in a climate model, looking at inputs, outputs, and variables. The animations show how data is calculated for grid cells and assembled into a comprehensive model.

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Byrd Polar Research Center
Ohio State University

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Teaching Tips

Teachers should be aware that the content is at the high school and undergraduate level but the presentation design is more appropriate for middle school.

Have students ignore the Hurricane Ike section.

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The spoken text is displayed as captions at the bottom of visualization.

Visualization can be used as a collection or series of lessons on systems and models