International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change

Activity by Peter Mahaffy   |   added on Feb 28, 2011   |   International Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science (KCVS, Canada), IUPAC, UNESCO, RSC (UK), ACS (USA), the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry

Understanding and responding to global climate changes is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. Barraged by contradictory messages many don’t have the right tools to see and understand the complex connections between human activity and our changing climate.

This project brings together chemists and educators from the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education, The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science (KCVS, Canada), The Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), American Chemical Society (USA), UNESCO, and the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry to develop a set of 9 critically reviewed, interactive modules, web-based materials for global dissemination to help students visualize and understand the underlying science of climate change.

Target audiences are (a) teachers at the secondary and first year tertiary levels, (b) students at those same levels, and (c) chemistry professionals. Visualizations emphasize the fundamental chemistry of climate processes, but also present interactive visual climate models based on IPCC scenario families.  The materials are being launched in two phases - the first 4 modules to coincide with the Global IYC launch, and the rest to be made available by the end of IYC.


Topic: chemistry education, website, climate change Audience: students, general public, educators, graduate students
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