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7.4 Fossil fuel supplies are limited.
Energy affects quality of life .
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
6.4 Earth has finite energy resources.
Human use of energy.
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .
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- Educators will have to provide students with enough background material to help them create interesting scenarios.
- Encourage them to run a set of scenarios that allows them to compare the results of different policy options.
- Suggest reading the Briefing, Introduction, and FAQ (http://forio.com/simulation/climate-development/htm/faqs2.htm) tabs and decide the concepts you want the learners to emphasize.
- Instructors should spend some time playing with the simulator before using it in class.
- For high-school learners, more scaffolding would be needed.
About the Science
- Students are able to change the fossil fuel emissions of CO2, measured in Gigatons (billions of tons) of CO2 per year, from the three regional country groups (i.e., developed, developing A, developing B ) as a percentage of Reference Year emissions reached by 2050.
- The reference scenario used here is based on the IPCC scenario know as A1FI.
- There is a thorough technical reference (including data sources from IPCC AR4) for C-ROADS at http://climateinteractive.org/simulations/C-ROADS/technical/technical-reference/C-ROADS%20simulation%20reference%20guide%20.
- Comments from expert scientist: The creators of this activity have successfully produced a tool that an intelligent stakeholder could use to make an informed decision.
About the Pedagogy
- One of a suite of visualizations from C-Learn this interactive can help augment research or discussions about the challenges and opportunities relating to reducing CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.
- C-Learn allows students to run their own scenarios and examine the results. Although there are only a small number of variables that can be changed in any scenario, the number of permutations provides a wide range of policy options to explore.
- There is an extensive set of instructions at http://forio.com/simulation/climate-development/htm/instructions.htm. There are popups to explain key words and concepts.
- A fuller understanding entails looking at the assumptions and data embedded in the C-ROADS simulator.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Easy to use and simple.
- For information on the assumptions in the C-Learn simulation, review the technical information on C-ROADS (of which C-Learn is a derivative – the carbon cycle, forests, and climate sectors are identical).
Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEANClimate Interactive: http://www.climateinteractive.org/
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