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Plants and Climate Change

Plants and Climate Change

Introduction

Answer the questions on this sheet using the resources found on the Simulating Climate Change student esheet.

Simulating Climate Change esheet
http://sciencenetlinks.com/esheets/simulating-climate-change/


EurekAlert Article, Part A

  • Why do you think that the scientists observed the effects of climate change in the California grassland for five years?
  • What do you think it means when the article states that the scientists “manipulated the climate”?
  • In your own words, explain the importance of having controls in an experiment.


Climate Change Research in California, Part A

  • How is climate predicted to change at the Angelo Costal Range Reserve in Northern California?
  • If climate change disturbs the grassland meadow ecosystem as predicted, what are some of the corresponding changes you might see in the grassland plants and animals?
  • Do you think human activities could be part of what causes global climate change? Why or why not?


EurekAlert Article/Climate Change Research in California, Part B

  • In your own words, explain what the scientists observed in the grassland meadow after five years. Did anything change? Make sure you mention both plants and animals!
  • How does your experiment with the plants compare to what the scientists observed in the grassland meadow?

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