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dc.contributor.author Glover, Katherine C.
dc.contributor.editor Derrick, Matthew en
dc.contributor.editor Sherriff, Rosemary en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-05T21:25:17Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-05T21:25:17Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en
dc.identifier.citation The California Geographer 56: 97-103. en
dc.identifier.issn 0575-5700 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/193765
dc.description.abstract This paper introduces an inquiry-based classroom unit titled 'California Climate and Vegetation Change,' a set of place-based exercises that utilize real data from California. NOAA climate data at four locations throughout the state are provided to create climatographs. Students then use Neotoma Explorer to find and evaluate past vegetation change from fossil pollen sites, and use CalFlora to research the environmental tolerances and distribution of plant taxa that seem most sensitive to climate change. Synthesis at the end of the classroom task includes writing a summary of what we can discern about California climate change over the past 10,000 years from vegetation records, and proposing and defending a new collection site for a palynological study. The unit is appropriate for high school and college coursework that cover topics such as climate, vegetation, range shifts, and the fossil record in physical geography and biogeography. Both databases employ graphical user interfaces that reinforce the spatial thinking central to geography. The unit is aligned with the Earth Sciences and Life Sciences content criteria of the Next Generation Science Standards, the latest set of scientific standards that stress active learning, use of technology, interpretation of real datasets, and connections across disciplines. While this approach to learning may put students into the uncomfortable territory of complex data sets and no simple "right answer," there is potential for student practice and skill-building. These skills include data visualization, interpretation, synthesis, evaluation, and evidence-based proposal writing, all essential for real-life problem solving and finding solutions to environmental challenges in California. en
dc.format.extent 6 pages en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher California Geographical Society en
dc.rights Copyright 2017 by the California Geographical Society en
dc.subject Climate change en
dc.subject California en
dc.title Teaching California Climate and Vegetation Change Over Long Timescales: An NGSS-Aligned Unit Using CalFlora and the Neotoma Paleoecological Database en
dc.type Article en


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