Virtual Field Labs – Comparing Climate Change Past and Present – Carly Peltier

Comparing climate changes in the Earth's past to the changes in climate we are experiencing today.

Carly Peltier: Comparing Climate Change Past and Present

Curriculum ConnectionsChemistry/Physics: Nuclear chemistry. Astronomy: Supernova-cosmic radiation. Math: Time calculations using rates - rate calculations using time. Math: Graphing - could extend to slope calculations. Climate Change: Milankovitch Cycles, modern and historic CO2, and temperature changes
Student EngagementAnalyzing/interpreting graphs, making data tables, constructing graphs, analyzing trends in data, converting units, estimating data from graphs, and calculating rates
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)1) Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Defining Problems; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; Engaging in Argument From Evidence. 2) Disciplinary Core Ideas: Ecosystems- Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience; Earth Systems; Earth and Human Activity. 3) Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns; Cause and Effect; Systems and System Models; Energy and Matter- Flows, Cycles and Conservation.
CategoryVirtual Field Labs
File TypeYouTube


Get to know Dr. Carly Peltier and her questions about our changing climate.



Exploring what climate change was like in the Earth’s past.



Comparing rates of climate change in the Earth’s past to our current changing climate.