Modeling Early Earth Climate with GEEBITT

Students gain experience using a spreadsheet and working with others to decide how to conduct their model 'experiments' with the NASA GEEBITT (Global Equilibrium Energy Balance Interactive Tinker Toy). This activity helps students become more familiar with the physical processes that made Earth's early climate so different from that of today. Students also acquire first-hand experience with a limitation in modeling, specifically, parameterization of critical processes.

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Cindy Shellito
On the Cutting Edge Collection - Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

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There are some useful comments on the instructor notes included with this lesson -

CO2 levels are listed at 370 ppm in the activity write-up that can be downloaded. This needs to be updated since current levels are over 400 and rising.

GEEBITT is a modeling tool from NASA configured for HS and post-secondary students to input data on solar luminosity, albedo, and an atmospheric greenhouse gas loading parameter in order to analyze the global mean surface temperature in different climate regimes. The NASA GEEBITT tool can be found at: