Abrupt Climate Change

Abrupt Climate Change


You have probably heard news reports about climate change and the possible effects it could have on the earth's environment. But do you understand how scientists have come to their understanding about climate change or how it relates to abrupt climate change? Use the resources on the Abrupt Climate Change student sheet to learn more and help you answer the questions on this sheet.

Abrupt Climate Change

What is abrupt climate change?


Do you think that human activities can play a role in climate change?



Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises

What are the issues discussed in this report?


How does this represent a change in the way scientists think about climate change?



What is Paleoclimatology?

How do scientists study climate?


Name the four methods listed in the article. Discuss the procedures used and the types of data each method provides. Also discuss how they contribute to our understanding of climate change.

  • Satellites


  • Instrumental Records


  • Historical Records


  • Proxy Data


Climate Change Research Draws Attention of Top National Panel

Why did scientists travel to New Zealand?


What conclusions did they draw?


Do they completely understand what is going on yet? Why or why not?




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