Mapping the IPCC Report onto the Curriculum: Ocean-Water


Ocean - Water

Warm water decreases sea ice, increases evaporation, moves water from the ocean to atmosphere, fuels more intense storms and rainfall.

IPCC Summary for Policymakers (SPM) content

  • B.5 Many changes due to past and future greenhouse gas emissions are irreversible for centuries to millennia, especially changes in the ocean, ice sheets and global sea level.

  • A.2.3 In 2011–2020, annual average Arctic sea ice area reached its lowest level since at least 1850

  • A.3 Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe


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

Greenhouse Video #5 Heat capacity

Greenhouse Video #6 Thermal Expansion

Exhibit: Changing Climate: Our Future, Our Choice