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    This interactive groups Hub resources into key science and teaching concepts. The article Climate change resources – planning pathways provides pedagogical advice and links to the New Zealand Curriculum. Click on the labels for links to supporting articles, media and student activities.

    This interactive diagram provides a selection of pathways that allow for differing approaches and starting points using some of our climate change resources. The aim is to assist educators with their planning of lessons and units of work by providing options that cover multiple science concepts.

    Background image courtesy of Christine Zenino, Creative Commons 2.0

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    Evidence and models

    To understand how the climate is changing and to support the claim that changes are due to human actions, scientists gather and interpret data as evidence. They use this data to build and validate complex climate models.

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    Video: Thin Ice/University of Waikato

    Greenhouse effect

    The greenhouse effect is the natural warming of the Earth’s atmosphere.

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    Image: University of Waikato

    The role of the oceans

    The oceans play an important part in controlling climate. They also act as carbon sinks – holding more carbon from the atmosphere than they give up.

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    Image: Kim Currie

    Antarctica

    Antarctica is an ideal location to study local-to-global scale climate change. Experts use clues from the past to study the impact of greenhouse gases and use this knowledge to make predictions about climate change.

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    Image: Dr Adrian McDonald

    Melting ice and sea level rise

    One implication of climate change is sea level rise. The rising global temperature is causing both land ice and sea ice to melt. Land ice and sea ice are not the same. They form differently, and the consequences of their melting affect the planet in different ways.

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    Pedagogy and the nature of science

    Climate change is a rich and relevant context. The following resources provide suggestions for scaffolding learning pathways.

    The nature of science is interwoven through many of the resources featured throughout this interactive – in the articles listed below and in the activities.

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    Thin Ice resources

    The film Thin Ice – The Inside Story of Climate Science provides a look at our planet’s changing climate, with a range of Science Learning Hub resources designed to support its use in the classroom.

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    Finding solutions

    Climate change is a wicked problem, but it is also an opportunity to get involved and take action. Thousands of scientists worldwide are looking for ways to slow or mitigate the effects of climate change. We can all do our part to help out.

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    Rights: University of Waikato Published 30 July 2018, Updated 24 July 2019 Size: 580 KB Referencing Hub media