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Title: Exploring Paleoclimatology in the Classroom
Url: http://serc.carleton.edu/usingdata/datasheets/Paleoclimatology_Raroton...
Publisher: Science Education Resource Center
Description: This guide provides instructions for educators on how to access and use coral radioisotope data for classroom activities. The data consist of Sr/Ca ratios and Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) for coral samples near Rarotonga Island in the South Specific gyre, covering a 271 year period, from the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology. Topics include methods for reconstructing temperature records, the South Pacific Gyre and EL Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), and the relevance of decadal variations in sea surface temperature. Students will learn to use the data to generate graphs comparing Sr/Ca ratios to historical temperature data and to calculate the statistical relationship between isotope ratios and temperature. They may also use linear regression analysis to compare and evaluate methods for reconstructing climate history and interpret chemical data from coral samples. A link to the dataset website and to links for additional references are also provided.
LC Classification: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation -- Environmental sciences -- Environmental conditions. Environmental quality. Environmental indicators. Environmental degradation -- Global environmental change
Geography. Anthropology. Recreation -- Oceanography -- Physical oceanography -- Temperature -- Distribution of temperatures -- Surface
Science -- Botany -- Geographical distribution. Phytogeography -- Topographical divisions -- Pacific islands. Oceania -- By island or group of islands, A-Z -- Rarotonga
Science -- Physics -- Meteorology. Climatology -- Paleoclimatology
Science -- Physics -- Meteorology. Climatology -- Paleoclimatology -- Special topics, A-Z -- Climatic variations
GEM Subject: Science -- Technology
Science -- Oceanography
Science -- Meteorology
Science -- Earth science
Science -- Instructional issues
Key Concept: Meteorology -- Climate change
Meteorology -- Temperature
Date Issued: 2009-11-16
Resource Type: Dataset (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
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Format: html
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Professional Formation
Secondary Education
University First Cycle
University Postgrad
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Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Source: DLESE
Full Record Views: 21
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