Kids' Climate Corner

You can run a Climate Simulation!

 You can run a climate simulation yourself!

Click HERE, enter the data, and hit the Run Simulation button.

This simulation is called C-Learn. C-Learn is the 3-region, simplified version of the policy-maker-oriented C-ROADS (Climate Rapid Overview and Decision Support Simulator) simulator, which has been used in United Nations proceedings, the U.S. Congress, by top European Environment Officials, and undergone an external scientific review.

To find out more, click HERE

EXAMPLE

Here is what the simulation looks like for one particular scenario. It is very aggressive, calling for an 80% reduction in emissions by developed countries and 50% reduction by developing countries by 2050, with respect to 2005 levels, with reductions starting in 2012. Maximal afforestation sequestration and minimal deforestation is assumed. The temperature change by 2100 is 2.4 degrees C. 

Less aggressive scenarios will lead to higher rises in temperature.

 The following graphic was pasted from the C-LEARN site. Not all quantities show up in the graphic.

Main Control Panel

Change sliders or values below and then click "Run Simulation". See the graphical representations of your decisions below and explore climate impacts in the graphs to the right and using the menu options above.

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Fossil Fuel
Emissions from:
%
Change
Refer- 
ence
Year
Start
Year
Target
Year
Developed Countries
Developing Countries A
Developing Countries B
CO2 billion tons per yearClick to Enlarge, Right Click to CopyClick for more info
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(0-1 index between high and low values)
Emissions from Deforestation
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Sequestration from Afforestation
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Deforestation CO2 billion tons per yearClick to Enlarge, Right Click to CopyClick for more info
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Afforestation CO2 billion tons per yearClick to Enlarge, Right Click to CopyClick for more info
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Goal for CO2 in the Atmosphere parts per million

Change scenario name(s) 
 
Reset Inputs Clear Runs
 

Impacts

parts per millionClick to Enlarge, Right Click to CopyClick for more info
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CO2

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BAU CO2

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Goal

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CO2 in 2100: 412 ppm
Gap closing %: 90
Temperature increase degrees CelsiusClick to Enlarge, Right Click to CopyClick for more info
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Temperature

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BAU Temperature

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Glossary

Citation

Dash, J. (2010). You can run a Climate Simulation!. Retrieved from http://climate.uu-uno.org/view/article/143425

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