Exploring the Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Using GCM Results

In this activity, students examine global climate model output and consider the potential impact of global warming on tropical cyclone initiation and evolution. As a follow-up, students read two short articles on the connection between hurricanes and global warming and discuss these articles in context of what they have learned from model output.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educator needs to cover a lot of topics (modeling, hurricanes etc.) before this activity can be done in a class.

Model is a black box to students. Students need to be introduced to modeling prior to doing this activity.

In order to make it easier to teach this lesson, educator should read some background information about how the models work and about hurricane formation.