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)?
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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