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Human Impact on Climate Change: Balance human emissions and a growing population Virtual Lab

Use a climate model to investigate the effects of anthropogenic climate change on people and the environment. Why are scientists pushing to decrease global emissions? What will happen if we don’t? The fate of the world is in your hands!

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Human Impact on Climate Change: Balance human emissions and a growing population

About this Simulation

Are humans affecting the Earth’s climate? In this simulation, you will learn the meaning of anthropogenic climate change and explore the causes and effects through a 3D climate model!

The causes of anthropogenic climate change

You will discover why scientists believe the global warming experienced in recent decades is deemed unnatural. Using an interactive wall display, you will learn about the key human activities which contribute to climate change. You will evaluate the benefits of these activities, as well as the environmental costs.

Investigate the impacts

Once you are familiar with the causes, you will then investigate the effects of climate change. Take control of our futuristic 3D climate model and use computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems. You will identify how relationships are being modified due to human activity starting from the pre-industrial era, and determine why scientists link particular human activities to climate change.

After this, the fate of the world is in your hands! Explore a greener world, a more industrial world, or both - It’s up to you! You will have the option to explore all outcomes and how they influence different subsystems.

Identify the effects on people and the environment

How does climate change affect biodiversity, sea levels, ocean acidification, and people? Finish off by analyzing the direct and indirect environmental effects explained via the climate model. What will happen if we do not decrease greenhouse emissions?

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Explain what is meant by anthropogenic climate change

  • Identify key human activities that contribute to climate change

  • Describe the effects of global climate change on the environment, people, and their livelihoods

Techniques in Lab

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Climate modeling
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Climate change

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