Magazine article Technology & Learning

It's Getting Hot in Here

Magazine article Technology & Learning

It's Getting Hot in Here

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This spring, it rained for weeks in San Francisco: meanwhile, New Englanders were out in their shirtsleeves, Scientists say polar bears are starting to drown in the Arctic. No doubt about it, we're feeling the effects of global climate change. But how bad is it going to get?

The brains behind a new Web site, www.climateprediction.net, want you and your students to help them find out. Here's how it works: Go to the Web site and download a climate model, which will run automatically every time you boot up your machine. As the model runs, it's possible to watch evolving weather patterns from wherever your neck of the woods happens to be. The results are sent via Internet back to a team of scientists at the University of Oxford's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and The Open University, both in the United Kingdom.

According to www.climate prediction.net, the aim of the project is to "investigate the approximations that have to be made in state-of-the-art climate models. …

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