Module 4: DATA, TOOLS AND RESOURCES – Climate GeoInquiry 2

Temperature changes in different areas

Using the Dashboard: Temperature evolution between 1954 and 2020 zoom in to the Paris region in France and explore the data variation for this area.

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Look at the chart showing the Variation in ºC between 1961-1991 and 1991-2020

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For the Paris region, temperatures were on average 1.1 degrees Centigrade warmer in 1991-2020.

Now compare the variation for the region where you live.

?   What was the temperature variation in the location you chose?
?   Is it the same variation than that observed in the previous question (difference between the coldest and the hottest year)? 

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Activity: Explore the changes in temperature for different locations in Europe, such as Sweden, Ireland, Germany and Greece. Look at islands like Malta and Cyprus.

?   What differences are there between places near the ocean with those inland (continental)?
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Are differences in temperature greater in the north of southern parts of Europe?

Consider possible reasons for these differences.

EXPLAIN: Why do some areas of the earth warm more than others?
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Zoom into a city in four different continents other than Europe: such as the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania and compare the changes in the temperature from the Variation in ºC between 1961-1991 and 1991-2020 chart

?   Can you explain these differences among the diverse locations?

This graphic shows which parts of the planet are warming faster, and which are warming slower

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dashboard chart?   Are the Polar areas heating up more than the equator?

Consider other dashboard activities and questions you could develop for use with pupils.

Activity: Visit some of the following resources to explore what causes climate to change
British Geological Society
Copernicus Climate Change Service
European Space Agency
Meteorological Office

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