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ESC 3704Project 3_F10

ESC 3704Project 3_F10 - ESC 3704 Project 3 Fall 2010...

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ESC 3704 Project 3, Fall 2010 Environmental Issues Ice cores have provided a great deal of information about the climate history of the earth. Since they record what actually happened on earth during the past, they are not subject to the kinds of problems that computer models of climate are. Indeed, when the climate models are used to try and imitate the earth's climatic past, ice core data can show deficiencies in the model. Obtaining the cores is both difficult and expensive, but in return they offer the researchers some of the best information obtainable on the recent climate history. The "Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series" is presented monthly at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. The talks are recorded, and are available free of charge (for eductional use) from University of California Television. On March 13, 2008 Dr. Jeff Severinghaus, Professor of Geosciences at the Geosciences Research Division, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, presented a talk entitled "Climate Change Clues Frozen in Time?". It is 45.8 minutes long, and is available on UCSD.TV at: Climate Change Clues Frozen in Time These talks are presented to the general public so most parts of this talk should be easily understandable to students in the course. Note: Viewing this movie requires a broadband connection. You should use one of the FAU computer laboratories if you do not have access to a broadband connection. Alternatively, you may go into the computer laboratory in PS 334 (right next to the classroom) and copy a windows media version of the video to a jumpdrive. The video is located at R:\ESC3704\Climate Change Clues Frozen in Time.wmv. This is NOT accessible from off-campus. This video should be viewable on most computers. Assignment First, view the above video . In order to investigate the topic of climate change data from ice cores further, you are asked to investigate an aspect of the problem in greater detail. To do this, you will need to choose a topic, and then find at least two additional references, in addition to the video. These resources may be quality Web sites, scientific papers (providing you can understand what is discussed), or resources from the library. The topic should be as focused as possible. There are a number of scientific magazines, such as
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