The Global Carbon Cycle: The Chemistry of Climate Change

Over the past century or so, human activities have altered the atmospheric balance, affecting processes such as the global carbon cycle—with environmental consequences. The global carbon cycle is a complex series of both abiotic and biotic processes. While atmospheric carbon levels have varied in the past, humans have definitively altered the global carbon cycle through fossil fuel use and forest destruction. Recent attempts at managing the carbon cycle include reforestation and geologic/oceanic sequestration. At current rates of human activity, atmospheric carbon levels will continue to rise unless emissions are substantially cut immediately. Students will attempt to answer: what are the effects of global climate change on local ecosystems, and how can they be managed most effectively?

View this module in other languages:
El Ciclo Global del Carbono y el Cambio Climático (Spanish)
Cycle Globale du Carbone et Changement Climatique (French)

See also:
Introduction to Climate Change
Ocean Acidification: Building a Skeleton in A Changing Ocean
Observed Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity

Theme: Understanding Biodiversity

Language: English

Region: Global

Keywords: climate change, data analysis, ecosystem function, modeling, anthropocene, ecology

Components: 8

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Synthesis: The Global Carbon Cycle: The Chemistry of Climate Change

Author: W.H. Schlesinger, R. Eick

   

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Exercise: How Will Climate Change Affect Natural Ecosystems: An Exercise

Author: P.T. McPhearson

   

Exercise: Climate Change and the Future of the Mink Frog in New York State

Author: J.P. Gibbs

   

Exercise: Evaluating Climate Standards

Author: P.T. McPhearson

   

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Presentation: The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

Author: R. Eick

Teaching Notes: The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

Author: W.H. Schlesinger

Solutions: How Will Climate Change Affect Natural Ecosystems: Exercise Solutions

Author: P.T. McPhearson

Solutions: Evaluating Climate Standards

Author: P.T. McPhearson


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