Mapping the IPCC Report onto the Curriculum: Land-Water


Land - Water

Higher temperature dries land surfaces, moving water to the atmosphere, and moves frozen water from storage on land as glaciers into the ocean.


IPCC Summary for Policymakers (SPM) content

  • A.1.5 Human influence is very likely the main driver of the global retreat of glaciers since the 1990s

  • B.2.5 Additional warming is projected to further amplify permafrost thawing, and loss of seasonal snow cover, of land ice and of Arctic sea ice

  • B.3.2 A warmer climate will intensify very wet and very dry weather and climate events and seasons, with implications for flooding or drought


Science Standards: NGSS SEP, DCI, CC

SEP: Analyzing & interpreting data

SEP: Developing & using models

LS2.B Cycles of matter & energy transfer

ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth processes

ESS2.D Weather & climate

ESS3.D Global climate change

CC: Energy & matter

CC: Scale, proportion & quantity


PRI Climate Resources

Climate Toolkit: Watershed Comparisons (2.06 MB)

Climate Toolkit: Watershed Comparisons, Data for Activity

Climate Toolkit: Watershed Comparison, Student Handout (2.81 MB)

Climate Toolkit: Watershed Comparison, Hydrologic Cycle Overview (1.47 MB)

Exhibit: Changing Climate: Our Future, Our Choice