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.

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: Modern Climate Science (copyright notice)
1B: Follow the Energy! Earth's Dynamic Climate System (copyright notice)
2A: Climate Science from an Empirical Perspective
2B: Climate and Climate Variability from the Instrumental Record
3A: Climate Variability and Change
3B: Solar Energy and Earth's Climate System
4A: Atmospheric CO2, Infrared Radiation, and Climate Change
4B: Water, Heat Storage and Heat Transfer
5A: Global Water Cycle
5B: Prevailing Winds, Topographic Relief and Precipitation
6A: Global Atmospheric Circulation and Rossby Waves
6B: Synoptic-Scale Atmospheric Circulation - Highs and Wave Cyclones
7A: Climate Variability and Air-Sea Interactions - Inter-annual to Decadal Climate Variability
7B: Coastal Upwelling and Coastal Climates
8A: Volcanism and Climate Variability
8B: Snow and Ice Albedo Feedback in Earth's Climate System
9A: PETM: A Possible Analog to Modern Climate Change
9B: Methane Hydrates: Major Implications for Climate
10A: Climate Change and Radiative Forcing
10B: The Ocean in Earth's Climate System
11A: Rice Growing and Climate Change
11B: Climate Variability and Short-term Forecasting
12A: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies
12B: Climate Change Mitigation through Carbon Emission Reduction
13A: Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Carbon Footprints
13B: Geoengineering the Climate
14A: Climate Change Public Policy and The Six Americas Reports
14B: Visualizing Climate