Session 11. Evidence of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

Participants examine evidence of the effects of sea level rise on a local and global scale, and engage in an activity that explores the causes of sea level rise, allowing them to make claims as to the causes. They consider additional pieces of evidence, working collaboratively to make evidence-based cause and effect connections. They then use the crosscutting concept of cause and effect to connect the different forms of evidence they are examining, in order to construct some explanations of climate change. Participants explore how scientists determine what the pattern or relationship in their data is, and also how confident they are that the observed pattern represents an actual, real pattern of the phenomenon rather than merely an effect or artifact of the way the data were collected or has been presented. Teams meet to provide peer feedback on the Data Components, and on their draft Final Projects.