Investigations Manual

Climate Studies Investigations Manual

  • Investigations lead students through the analysis and interpretation of the most current climatic datasets
  • Two investigations per textbook chapter, for a total of 28 lab-related investigations
  • Each investigation is self-contained in the manual, or may be supplemented using Current Climate Studies on the RealTime Climate Portal

As each Manual activity is self-contained, course materials are available to instructors in their entirety prior to the beginning of a term.

Instructors wanting to have their students study the most current climatic datasets may choose to supplement the Manual investigations with Current Climate Studies posted weekly on the RealTime Climate Portal. View the schedule for the Current Climate Studies.

Edits and selected contributions provided by DataStreme Lead Instructor and Curriculum Development Coordinator, Chad Kauffman, Ph.D.

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. Students can also place orders directly through the AMSEDU Bookstore.

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 Textbook and Manual.


1A Defining Climate (copyright notice)
1B Earth's Dynamic System (copyright notice)
2A The Climate Record
2B Empirical Climate
3A Climate Variability and Climate Change
3B Visualizing Climate
4A Solar Radiation
4B Infrared Radiation and Atmospheric CO2
5A Water: Phase Changes and Heat
5B Global Water Cycle
6A Prevailing Winds, Topographic Relief, and Precipitation
6B Atmospheric Circulation
7A Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions and Teleconnections
7B Coastal Upwelling and Sea-Level Rise
8A Volcanism and Earth's Temperature
8B Snow and Ice Albedo Feedback
9A PETM: A Possible Analog to Modern Climate Change
9B Ocean Sediments
10A Climate Outlooks and patterns
10B Measuring Climate Change, Forcing Agents, and Scenarios
11A Growing Rice in a Changing Climate
11B Rising Sea Levels
12A Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies
12B Mitigation of Emissions
13A Worldwide Carbon Dioxide Emissions
13B Geoengineering
14A Public Views of Climate Change
14B Energy Flow to and from Earth