Climate Change Affects the Water Cycle


Climate change and human activities are affecting the way fresh water is distributed on Earth. In this lesson, students examine the effects of climate change on the water cycle and what this might mean for our planet. Students should have a general knowledge of the water cycle before beginning this lesson.

  • Water Cycle Animation | Clue into Climate

    These animation sequences are simulations and are not meant to represent a specific region. The climate change-induced scenarios depicted are designed to illustrate changes to the water cycle that may occur over many years. These changes are dependent on location, human impact and many other factors. 

    Grades: 4-8
  • Following Raindrops

    In this lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students examine the effects of climate change on the watercycle and what this might mean for our planet. Students should have a general knowledge of the water cycle before beginning this lesson.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Visiting Dana Glacier

    Explore how glaciers shape topography and how climate change affects glaciers. Consider why glaciers are an important bellwether for climate change. In this lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students explore how climate change affects glaciers and what this may mean for the rest of the world.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Decreasing California Snowpack

    Approximately 40 percent of California's surface water supply originates from the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. However, climate change is significantly altering this precious water source. With this diagram and accompanying lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students will learn about California's historical average snowpack through 1990. Students will also examine how the snowpack is expected to change if temperatures reach the lower end of the predicted warming range by the end of the century.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Snowpack

    Approximately 40 percent of California's surface water supply originates from the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Find out how climate change is significantly altering this precious water source. In this lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students explore how climate change affects snowpack and water supply.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Intertidal Zone and Sea Level Rise

    In this lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students will learn that ranges of tide pool species along the Pacific coast are changing in response to warming temperatures. Students will also discover that interactions between tide pool species are altered by the changing distribution of species and that rising sea levels due to global warming affect coastal habitats.

    Grades: 6-12

Brand:
Contributor: