These resources explore the climate of five different scale periods of the past 2.6 million years. Within each, some of the basic processes affecting the climate are investigated. Please feel free to adapt the resources to the level and ability of the students you teach.
Module 1 – the last 2.6 million years: Milankovitch Cycles, Supervolcanoes
Module 2 – the last 11000 years: The Holocene
Module 3 – the last 2000 years: the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age
Module 4 – the last 500 years: Volcanoes
Module 5 – the last 200 years: the Sun, the Anthropocene and the Greenhouse Effect
Notes on the sources of data used.
Guide to sources of paleo-climate data.
These resources were jointly produced by Dr Kathryn Adamson (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr. William Roberts (Bristol University), Dr. Chris Brierley (University College London) and the Royal Meteorological Society.