Synopsis

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Lesson Snapshot

1. Engage:  Students will watch short video describing flux towers and discuss how data collected may be used in agriculture and climatology.

2. Explore:  Students will use a simulation to explore the relationship between temperature and greenhouse gases.  In addition, they will determine whether or not the Southern Great Plains region is experiencing drought conditions using qualitative and quantitative information.

3. Explain:   Students will identify carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide emission sources and the relationship these emissions have to the amount of water available for agriculture.

4. Extend/Expand: Students will apply information about climate variability and agriculture to plan land usage of 400 acres with a low ecological and climatological impact.

5. Evaluate: Students will devise a mitigation strategy to further decrease ecological and climatological impact based on feedback.  Students will prepare a public service announcement to submit to the USDA GrazingCap AFRI project that discusses how agriculture and climate variability affect their lives.

Acknowledgement:
Funding provided by USDA to Project No. 2012-02355 through the National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Regional Approaches for Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Variability and Change.