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Week 1 Assignment - scientific method systematically eliminating errorsLast Updated on 2011-07-19 00:00:00
Week one assignment: This is a course on climate science, so we are going to start with a quick reminder of the scientific method. Read the description at this site:
Pay particular attention to the part that describes common mistakes to applying the scientific method. The supposed “debate” that occurs in American culture over the truth of global warming focuses on finding errors in the scientific data that shows that human caused climate change is occurring.
How can these mistakes be eliminated in scientific studies?
How do we see those methods of eliminating these errors in climate science?
This is an introductory week, so I don’t expect the answers to go in depth in breaking down a scientific study, but the concepts should be easy to find (especially since the answer to the... More »
Week 2 Assignment - NGRIP graphsLast Updated on 2011-07-19 00:00:00This assignment is meant to be completed after completing Chapter Two in Global Climate Change by Arnold Bloom.
I have attached a PDF document with graphs of the real data used in climate studies. For this week assignment, I want you to use the Greenland NGRIP graph on page 3. You may have to print it out to get the best resolution. I am sorry I couldnt make it bigger for you. The top graph show the data. The bottom line graph shows the relationship between temperature and isotope values and will be needed to answer one of the questions. The image of greenland shows you the location of the NGRIP ice cores. Remember this is glacier ice up north. Antarctic ice cores go back even further.
Using the graphs on that page, answer the following questions. Submit your answers as a Word document.
1.What is this graph measuring?
2.Explain how this is related to temperature?
3.How would you... More »
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