Impact of Climate Change on our Water Systems
"IF ALL THE ICE CAPS MELT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WOULD BE UP TO HER NECK IN WATER!"
The movement of water through the land, atmosphere, and ocean is known as the GLOBAL WATER CYCLE. The water cycle is intimately tied to the climate of the planet and influences our water resources through changes in evaporation and precipitation.
change is one of the most significant global environmental issues facing
the world today as human activities have increasingly impacted our global
climate. Our technological society consumes large amounts of energy. Historically
we have used carbon-rich-fuels such as wood, coal, oil & natural gas
to supply our energy needs. The by-product of these fuels is carbon dioxide
gas which has increasingly been discharged into our atmosphere.
dioxide molecules act similarly to the greenhouse's glass. They trap heat
in the atmosphere. This is called the "Green House Effect".
It causes the atmosphere to stay warmer. The warmer the atmosphere gets,
the faster the remaining ice sheets will melt. Significant decreases in
the ice caps causes further changes in global weather patterns.
The earth's surface is a dynamic system of which humans are a part. Knowledge about changes to the earth's surface and processes has a huge impact on how we respond to change. Your task is to examine the impact of these changes in climate to our global water system and make recommendations for addressing this issue.
School Solutions to Climate Change (includes a contest that you can enter to win rollerblades and other outdoor equipment)
cycle on line library (journals power point presentations)
of the ocean (NASA Site and research project)