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Exploring Preferred Futures for Marine and Coastal Environments

Sample Unit Sequence and Activity Ideas: Inquiry Learning


FINDING OUT: Sample Activities



Web Search
Use the Climate Change website at to explore and questions like:

Question 1: What is the greenhouse effect?
Question 2: Is the Earth's climate really hotting up?
Question 3: Hasn't the Earth's climate always changed with ice ages and interglacial periods?
Question 4: How do we know that most recent global warming is attributable to human activities rather than natural causes?
Question 5: What is the carbon cycle? How does human activity contribute to the carbon cycle?
Question 6: Will a few degrees warming have a significant impact on our climate?
Question 7: How do scientists measure global surface temperatures?
Question 8: How reliable are climate models?
Question 9: How do scientists project future climate?
Question 10: How much will sea levels rise as the world warms?
Question 11: What is thermohaline circulation?
Question 12: What is the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO)?
Question 13: Apart from ENSO, how do the oceans affect Australia's climate?
Question 14: Is there a link between climate change and the ozone hole?
Question 15: What amount of warming is likely this century and can it be avoided?
Question 16: What is the contribution of methane to the enhanced greenhouse effect?
Question 17: What contribution do changes in the Sun's energy make to climate change?
Question 18: What are the potential impacts of climate change?
Question 19: How can we live with climate change?
Question 20: What contributions do volcanic eruptions make to global warming?
Question 21: Are recent droughts in Australia due to climate change?
Question 22: What are the key climate change science findings in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report?
Question 23: What is Australia doing to address climate change impacts?
Question 24: What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?

Find out about marine and coastal environments affected by climate change.

Use the following websites to find out more about the localities affected by climate change. Search for localities in marine and coastal environments. Talk with the students about these examples, introducing new vocabulary as needed. Look for clues and ask questions.

Effects of Climate Change on Coral Bleaching

Global Warming Youtube Multimedia production on climate change

Impacts of Climate Change on Australia’s Marine Life

Impact of Climate Change on Marine Environment

Marine Climate Change Impacts

Note: Coastal and marine environments can be impacted in the following ways – rising sea levels, changing rainfall patterns, decreasing sea ice and melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, increasing cloud cover, sea acidification, global dimming, decreasing evaporation from the earth’s surface and changing distribution of plants and animals.

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