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Lesson 4

Direct Observations of Climate Change

We understand the climate system through observations and modeling. Direct observations from several data sets indicate that warming of the climate system is unequivocal.

In this lesson you will learn about:
1) Increases in average air and ocean temperatures
2) Widespread melting of snow and ice
3) Rising sea levels

Time Requirement
This lesson should take around 1 hour.

Science Standards covered in this lesson (click to show)
National Standards:
Science Content: U Unifying Concept and Processes
Science Content: D Earth and Space Science
AP Environmental Science Topics
Earth is one interconnected system
AP Human Geography Topics
Use and think about maps and spatial data
Wisconsin Common Core Standards:
Science A Science Connections
Science D Physical Science
Science E Earth and Space Science