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Use the PhyPhox app to explore atmospheric pressure variations around your school buildings – for example in a stairwell. Or use it to see how pressure changes over time.
We have pulled together a set of Weather and Climate Change resources which could be used with a year 6 class after their SATs exams. Designed as a progressive set of engaging and interactive resources, they introduce skills and knowledge which will help prepare students for secondary school.
The resources can be used in independent lessons, or as part of a whole or half weather and climate themed day.
We were delighted that our Weather and Climate Teachers’ Guide/ scheme of work for 11-14 geography was awarded a ‘silver’ by the Geographical Association at their conference in April.
“This excellent – and free – resource, accompanied by differentiated PowerPoints, is well-structured, informative, and fits some complex weather and climate topics into a digestible format. The judges felt it is an accessible resource that provides support for subject specialist and non-specialist teachers alike. They liked the examples that the authors used and the way it makes connections from one lesson to another, building the learning along the way.”
Photo credit: Geographical Association/Shaun Flannery 2022
Here are 5 websites which anyone teaching about climate change may find useful:
The IPCC website for the latest reports.
Carbon Brief for current articles covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy.
Gridwatch for live statistics showing UK energy production.
The Global Carbon Atlas to explore and visualize the most up-to-date data on carbon fluxes resulting from human activities and natural processes.
The Climate Action Tracker tracks international government climate action and measures it against the globally agreed Paris Agreement aim of “holding warming well below 2°C, and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.”
This morning, skies were orange/ beige across much of England as a Tropical continental (Tc) air mass brought Saharan dust.
Image credit: Geoff Jenkins
Read more about why the air was carrying so much dust, and see some stunning photos from Spain and France here. The further the air travelled, the more dust was deposited and the less dust remained in the air – so the most vivid skies were in the south.
How can you tell that there is Tc air from this weather chart (midnight on 16th March 2022)?
The air approximately follows the isobars, shown as thin lines on this chart. To work out which way, you need to look at the pressure systems and remember that air goes clockwise around anticyclones (H) and anticlockwise around cyclones (L).
Considering either the 962mbar Low or the 1033mbar High shows you that the air is coming from the south (a southerly wind) across England.
Following the isobar marked 1020 back, you can see that the air has come over Spain from Africa. This is a Tropical continental air mass.
Behind the occluded front, for much of Ireland, the wind coming from the west. The 1020mbar Low is a bit misleading, but you can see that the air coming up from the south diverts to curve round it in an anticlockwise flow.
14th March 2022 is Mars Day.
Establishing the radiation or energy budget of the Earth has been crucial to understanding climate change, but what do the radiation budgets of Mars and other planets in our solar system look like? Read about it in this article from Physics Review or this one from Science in School.
You can find the energy budget images for all the planets mentioned here.
Author: Michael Erb
Publisher: Tumblehome, Inc.
Suggested age range: 9-12
We have created a new resource in time for International Women’s Day 2022, exploring the links between two of the Sustainable Development Goals – gender equality, and climate action.
Taking information from this weeks’ InterGovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability as well as some of the relevant highlights fromCOP26, teachers can adapt the resource to suit their class.
We have created a new worksheet which allows students to collect information and create a case study of a named UK storm. As part of the worksheet, students collect and annotate weather chart and other information about the storm including weather warnings.
Storm Eunice is given as a worked example.