Global warming
Global warming

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Global warming

4 Further reading

For information on changes to flora, click on Science magazine.

For changes to fauna, and economic effects, go to Information Sheet 4, or for the paper quoted at the top of the screen, Information Sheet 1, both at Climatic Research Unit.

Click on the link below to open the data-smoothing information

Data-smoothing [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

Click on the link below to read about working with global mean surface temperature

Working with global mean surface temperature

Activity 2

There are two key ways of getting meaningful information out of climatic data sets:

  • data-smoothing;

  • working with global mean surface temperature – GMST.

Click on the links above to read explanations of these techniques. Consider how you might model these two processes with students.

You may want to consider:

  • using a maximum/minimum thermometer over 24-hour periods;

  • data-logging temperature over a longer period;

  • using a rain gauge;

  • comparing your own data with data from the Meteorological Office.

    (The Meteorological Office provides monthly rainfall and mean monthly temperature data from 1961 to the present. You can find their various datasets on the Met Office website, or otherwise by putting ‘Met Office historical data’ into a search engine.)

Sketch out an outline of a teaching sequence that explores data-smoothing and the concept of GMST.


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