EDUCATION: Animating Possible Worlds

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Science  01 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5718, pp. 29
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5718.29e

Global warming's future impact depends on factors such as human population growth and fossil fuel use. High school and introductory college classes can learn how these and other variables might influence temperatures, sea levels, and more at a new tutorial hosted by California State University, Los Angeles. The Java applet helps students work through scenarios for the future sketched by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For example, animations illustrate flooding in areas such as Florida and Indonesia under different sets of conditions. Included are diagrams showing global temperature increases in 2300 if rapid population growth continues, and if population stabilizes faster and countries introduce clean technologies more rapidly.

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