Activity 6 -
How Might Global Warming Affect
Use the resources listed below to help you complete this activity.
To learn more about this topic, visit the following
Problems with Making Predictions
in Earth Sciences: The Use and Misuse in Policy Making, Center
for Science Policy and Outcomes
Explore these sites to learn how the scientific endeavor of prediction
has changed in recent years, especially when earth science, technology,
and politics merge.
Drawbacks to the Computer Models
and Environment Division Postdoc Puts Solar Technology to Work
at Home, US Dept. of Energy
Explore reasons why solar-based technology is not isolated from
problems associated with computer models by visiting this page.
Climate Change: US Climate, EPA
How reliable are computer models for forecasting climate? Surf
this site to learn more.
What Do the Computer Models Say?
Warming: US Climate, EPA
To learn how computers lend insight into the future of Earth's
temperatures and rates of precipitation, click here.
- Climate Change and the Future
Future Temperature Changes, EPA
This site provides information on why scientists say deserts
are likely to expand as a result of global warming.
Future Climate Change, EPA
Find out more about what the future holds for the Earth with Climate Change.
- Changes in Sea Level and Ocean Circulation
Close-up: Science Talk, Washington Post
Glacial melting effects many systems in and surrounding our
oceans. Reporters address typical questions regarding these
relationships at this web site.
Climate Dynamics and Prediction Group, NOAA-
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
This web site provides information on NOAA scientists' interpretations
and predictions regarding sea level conditions.
To learn more about energy conservation, visit the following web
Energy Information Guide, EREN
In this site, the US Dept. of Energy offers ways to conserve energy
in everyday life.
To learn more solar and wind power, visit the
following web sites:
Tour of Wind Energy, Danish Wind Energy Association
If you want to know a little or a lot about wind energy, this
site is for you.
Solar Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Explore this site to learn more about the variety of technologies
that harness solar energy.
Wind Energy Basics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Learn the basics about wind energy here.
Energy FAQ/Technical Information - American Wind Energy Association
This web page lists frequently asked questions about wind as an
energy resource, including information about how to calculate
the amount of power in the wind at a given wind speed, the basic
types of wind turbines, the cost of wind power, and more.
Energy in California, California Energy Commission
This site gives an overview of wind energy. Also visit the "Fast
Facts" page, which gives wind facts in a table format.
To learn more about climate change and crops,
visit the following web sites:
Change and World Food Supply, CIESIN
Potential effects of climate change on crop yields, world food
supply, and regions vulnerable to food deficits are examined in
Climate Change Impacts on Maize Production and Adaptive Measures
for the Agricultural Sector
In this article, global climate and dynamic crop growth models
were used to assess the potential effects of climate change on
Zimbabwe's agriculture, specifically maize, the nation's most
widely grown crop.
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