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Scientists study tree rings like these to figure out what climates of the past were like. Each year that the tree was alive it grew another ring, making its trunk wider. The thickness of a ring depends on what the weather was like during the year in which it grew.
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Resources for Educators at Fall 2007 AGU GIFT Workshop


Climate Change Science: What we know today and future impacts (slideshow)
Members download PowerPoint Presentation
Tim Killeen

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and its Report Development Process (slideshow)
Members download PowerPoint Presentation
Richard C. J. Somerville

Web-based education and outreach through Windows to the Universe (slideshow)
Members download PowerPoint Presentation
Roberta Johnson

KESCH Energy Reduction at School Sustainable Development in Practice
Annegret Schwarz
(2 K pdf file)

Atmospheric Science and Climate Literacy Workshop (slideshow)
Members download PowerPoint Presentation
Roberta Johnson

Exclusive global warming poll: The buck stops here
Peter Aldhous
(online version of article)

Global warming: what the US public thinks (blog)
Peter Aldhous

Classroom Activities

Looking into Surface Albedo

Carbon Dioxide Sources and Sinks

The Nitrogen Cycle Game

Thermal expansion and Ice melt

Ancient Coastlines

Glaciers then and Now

Graphing Sea Ice Extent

Paleoclimates and Pollen

Blooming Thermometers

Adaptation Investigation

Other Resources

The American Geophysical Union

International Panel on Climate Change

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