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7.2 Weather, Climate, and the Biosphere

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of 7.2: Weather, Climate, and the Biosphere. Use the navigation below to find the materials.

Section Materials


Visions of Earth, by AGI
A four-DVD set on interactions in Earth systems.

Climate, by Environmental Change Network
This page features a diagram of the climatic zones of the world. Follow the link at the bottom of the page to learn more detailed information on factors that affect climate.

A Primer: Factors Affecting Arctic Weather and Climate, by NSIDC
"The factors discussed in this section are building blocks to understanding arctic weather and climate. Each factor plays an important role alone and in interaction with other factors. The "Arctic Energy Budget" ties all the factors together in a description of the Arctic as a climate system."

Climate, Land Use, and Environmental Sensitivity (CLUES), by USGS Global Change Research
Read about some different projects that investigate vegetation response to climatic change, and vegetation-land surface impacts on climate change.

Biomes, by Exploring the Environment
"Scientists have divided the broad spectrum of climates and ecological communities found on Earth into biomes in different ways - some with many divisions, some with only a few." This site focuses on some of the common biomes (arctic tundra, deciduous forest, desert, taiga, tropical rainforest, tropical savannah) with photos that accompany separate descriptions of each.

Mission Biomes, by Earth Observatory, NASA
Explore the following biomes:

Microclimates, by BBC Weather
Learn more about the formation of microclimates.

Mountain Weather, by NOVA PBS
Learn about how microclimates form on volcanos and mountains.

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Visions of Earth, by AGI
82 High-definition animations showing a variety of Earth and space system processes.

Climate-induced Glacier Change in Glacier National Park, by USGS
Shows glacier change in the Blackfoot-Jackson Basin of Glacier National Park from 1850 to 2100.

Sonoran Desert: Fragile Land of Extremes, by USGS
Documentary film made in 2003 showing how USGS biologists work with other scientists in an effort to better understand native plants and animals such as desert tortoises, saguaro cacti, and Gila monsters. Much of the program was filmed in and around Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona.

Remote Camera Wildlife in Montana, by USGS
Video footage of black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, elk, a wolverine, and other wildlife at bear rubs, baited hair traps, and other locations in northwest montana. All films were taken by remote, motion-triggered cameras. Scroll down the page for video thumbnails.

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