Dynamics of Climate
The Dynamics of Climate Conference, held May 15-17, 2013, on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University introduced a new resource for climate education. The toolkit is designed to support professional development for teachers and the public. Taking a climate system approach to understanding climate change, the toolkit presents data visually and through learning activities. There are six components to the toolkit, including the handbook, program presentation with activities and videos, the presenter’s guide, materials packet, over fifty lesson plans for teachers, and an administrative packet to support professional development.
Renowned climate scientist, Dr. David Archer, professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, gave the keynote address: The Impact of Fossil Fuel Combustion on Earth’s Carbon and Methane Cycles. In addition to working through the toolkit presentations and activities, conference participants also heard presentations on the latest climate research from Purdue scholars.
The Conference concluded with the formation of action plans for using the Dynamics of Climate toolkit in schools and informal educational settings to enhance the public’s understanding of the climate system.