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Earth, Climate, and Change

Observing Human Impact


The content is in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), specifically:

ESS2, Earth’s Systems

  • The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes (water cycle, relationship between patterns of water movement in the atmosphere and local weather patterns)
  • Weather and Climate (influence of interactions between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere; major influence of ocean on weather and climate)
  • Biogeology (feedback between the biosphere and other Earth systems)

ESS3, Earth and Human Activity

  • Human Impacts on Earth Systems (damage or destruction of natural habitats)
  • Global Climate Change (factors affecting the rise of Earth’s mean surface temperature and the impact on climate)

The content also addresses climate, earth science, and atmospheric literacy principles, which are considered essential information by the Earth and Space Sciences community. (See the Framework for Science Education in “References and Further Reading.”)

Grade Level

Middle & High School

Classroom Connections

Earth and Space Science
Environmental Studies
Physical Science
Social Studies

Curriculum Snapshot

  • Using photographs and satellite imagery to identify and observe changes in the Earth’s features over time that indicate climate change
  • Using photographs and satellite imagery to prompt discussions on the relationship between the water cycle, weather, and climate, especially the contribution of oceans


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