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eInvestigations Manual Highlight

Investigations 13A, 13B, 14A, 14B, 15A, and 15B (corresponding to text chapters 13, 14, and 15) are designed for use at any point during the term, including the beginning. These investigations may be used at the discretion of the instructor to bring the local course and AMS real-time delivery schedules into alignment.) Current Climate Studies for these floating chapters are posted in mid-August and are available all year.


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Climate Studies Investigations Manual


Climate Studies Investigations Manual
  • Investigations lead students through the analysis and interpretation of the most current climatological datasets
  • Two investigations per textbook chapter, for a total of 30 lab-related investigations!
  • Each investigation is self-contained in the Manual, or may be supplemented using Current Climate Studies on the Course Website

Each eInvestigations Manual activity is self-contained. With Investigations Manual activities completed entirely offline without accessing the website, AMS Climate Studies course materials are therefore available to instructors in their entirety prior to the beginning of a term.

Instructors wanting to have their students study the most current climatological datasets may choose to supplement the Manual investigations with Current Climate Studies prepared weekly on the Course Website.

Orders for the Climate Studies eInvestigations Manual and/or other course materials can be placed through your college bookstore. Go to the Order Class Materials page for details.

If you are a faculty member interested in using the Climate Studies textbook in a current or future course offering, you may request an examination copy of the Text and eInvestigations Manual.

Investigations Listing

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1A: Climate Science for Today's World
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1B: Follow the Energy!
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2A: Climate Science from an Empirical Perspective 2B: Climate Variability and Change
3A: Solar Energy and Earth's Climate System 3B: Daily Receipt of Solar Radiation at a Mid-latitude Location
4A: Water, Heat, and Energy Transfer 4B: Water and Heat Storage at the Earth's Surface
5A: Global Water Cycle 5B: Water Vapor Flux and Topographical Relief
6A: Global Atmospheric Circulation 6B: Global Atmospheric Circulation - Rossby Waves
7A: Synoptic-scale Atmospheric Circulation - High and Low Pressure Systems 7B: Synoptic-scale Circulation - Wave Cyclones and Storm Tracks
8A: Climate and Air/Sea Interactions - Inter-annual to Decadal Climate Variability 8B: Coastal Upwelling and Coastal Climates
9A: PETM: A Possible Analog to Modern Climate Change 9B: Methane Hydrates: An Organic Carbon Reservoir in the Earth System with Major Implications for Climate
10A: Climate and Climate Variability from the Instrumental Record 10B: Rice Growing and Climate Change
11A: Volcanism and Climate Variability 11B: Snow and Ice Albedo Feedback in Earth's Climate System
12A: Climate Change and Radiative Forcing 12B: The Ocean in Earth's Climate System
13A: Visualizing Climate 13B: Climate Variability and Short-Term Forecasting
14A: Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies 14B: Geoengineering the Climate
15A: Climate Mitigation Through Carbon Emission Cap-and-Trade 15B: Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Carbon Footprints

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