Case Study Sunspot Activity and Its Affect on Climate Change

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Is it possible that global warming might have natural causes? Scholars investigate the relationship between sunspot cycles and solar radiation in the second lesson of a four-part series on weather and climate. They look at graphs to discover an 11-year cycle in sunspots and to conclude that this cycle does not fully explain historical changes in climate.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the case study as a class discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have familiarity with solar radiation and greenhouse gases
  • Pupils must know how to read and interpret graphs
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Pros
  • Incorporates analysis of real data
  • Provides a short quiz to use after the activity
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  • None