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CS LogoHow is global temperature regulated? An experimental representation

Simple experiments to help pupils understand how different parameters regulate temperature at the Earth’s surface.

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Material to study temperature regulation on Earth surface
Ages tested:14-17
Time: 2 hours
Language: English, French
Material: low-tech.
Author: Marc Jamous, CarboSchools
Topics: greenhouse effect, albedo

CS LogoInteraction at the Air-Water Interface, part 1

A very simple experiment to demonstrate gas exchange and equilibration at the boundary layer between air and water. Pupils will also observe acidification of water due to CO2 introduced directly in the water.

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Experiment about ocean acidification
Ages tested: 10-12, grades 5-7.
Time: 10 minutes of preparation, 10 minutes of manipulation and one week of observation
Language: English
Material: easy and low cost
Author: Sally Soria-Dengg, CarboSchools
Topics: ocean-atmosphere exchange, CO2, ocean acidification, equilibration

CS LogoInteraction at the Air-Water Interface, part 2

A second set of experiment to demonstrate gas exchange and equilibration at the boundary layer between air and water. Pupils observe a high atmospheric CO2 concentration will produce water acidification.

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Experiment about ocean acidification
Ages tested: 10-12, grades 5-7.
Time: 15 minutes of preparation, 15 to 45 minutes of manipulation and observation.
Language: English
Material: easy and low cost
Author: Sally Soria-Dengg, CarboSchools
Topics: ocean-atmosphere exchange, ocean acidification

CS LogoUptake of Carbon Dioxide from Water by Plants

The following experiments demonstrate the role of plants in mitigating the acidification caused when CO2 is dissolved in water.

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Materials for experiments about uptake of carbon dioxide from water by plants
Ages tested: 10-12, grades 5-7.
Time: 15 minutes of preparation, 1 to 24 hours for observation.
Language: English
Material: easy and low cost
Author: Sally Soria-Dengg, CarboSchools
Topics: ocean-atmosphere exchange, ocean acidification, pH indicator
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CS Logo Atmospheric CO2 can produce ocean acidification

The following experiments demonstrate that high level of atmospheric CO2 produce ocean acidification. Effects on marine life are also shown.

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Effect of seawater acidification on clam shell
Ages tested: 15-16, grade 10.
Time: From 2 minutes to several weeks.
Language: English
Material: pH instrumentation (0.5 unit pH sensitive), seawater and low cost
Author: Marc Jamous, CarboSchools
Topics: ocean-atmosphere exchange, ocean acidification, pH indicator, calcification of marine organisms

CS Logo pH-Regulation of Seawater: The Role of Carbonate (CO3) and Bicarbonate (HCO3)

A simple experiment using an indicator solution to enable pupils to visualise the buffering capacity of seawater. This activity will help pupils understand how the different dissolved inorganic carbon ions affect the pH of distilled water and seawater.

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Different colors of seawater and distilled water according pH
Ages tested: 10-16.
Time: 5 mn for preparation, 30 mn for the activity
Language: English
Material: easy and low-cost
Author: Sally Soria-Dengg, CarboSchools
Topics: ocean acidification, dissolved inorganic carbon, bicarbonate, carbonate, pH

CS LogoCarbon Dioxide Fertilization of Marine Microalgae (Dunalliela sp.) Cultures

An experiment designed to illustrate the impact of carbon dioxide on microalgal growth in the aquatic environment.

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Marine microalgae in different atmospheric CO2 concentration
Ages tested: 10-12 and 16-18.
Time: some hours for preparation, 10 days for cultures
Language: English
Material: specialized
Author: Sally Soria-Dengg, CarboSchools
Topics: ocean, algae, fertilization

CS LogoHow does temperature affect the solubility of CO2 in water?

These experiments explore the effects of water temperature on the solubility of CO2 in water.

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Two students doing the experiment
Ages tested: 11-14, grades 5-8.
Time: 10 minutes of preparation, 15-20 minutes for manipulation.
Language: English
Material: easy and low cost
Author: Sally Soria-Dengg, CarboSchools
Topics: ocean-atmosphere exchange, solubility, water temperature, CO2 regulation
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CS Logo Effects of Increased CO2 in the Air on Seawater and Distilled Water

In this experiment, pupils compare the effect of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations on seawater and freshwater bodies like lakes and streams.

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Material for the experiment
Ages tested: 11-14, grades 5-8.
Time: 30 mn of preparation, 30 mn for manipulation, 30 mn for data analysis and discussion.
Language: English
Material: easy and low cost: 25 € for aquarium, aquarium pump and aerators (if not available)
Author: Sally Soria-Dengg, CarboSchools
Topics: ocean-atmosphere exchange, CO2 solubility, water temperature, CO2 regulation

CS Logo How to produce CO2 and test its properties

Pupils learn how to produce CO2 and they perform simple experiments to find out some of its properties.

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Measuring CO2 weight
Time: Preparation: 10 mn, activity: 5 mn, data analysis and discussion: 10 mn
Language: English
Material and cost: a few Euros for balloons and other equipments.
Author: Mariana Pirillo
Topics: CO2, density, weight, chemistry

CS LogoWhat is the concentration of CO2 in my classroom?

Using a carbon dioxide sensor, pupils measure carbon dioxide concentrations in the classroom and explore what factors can influence this.

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Material for observing effect of CO2 concentration on ocean
Age tested: 10+
Time: variable: one to three weeks
Language: English
Material: specialized
Author: Sally Soria-Dengg, CarboSchools
Topics: Carbon cycle, Photosynthesis, respiration, ocean, acidification, human emissions, fossil fuels, CO2 sensor

A selection of experiments using a carbon dioxide analyser

Examples of demonstration experiments which can be performed in the class room using a carbon dioxide analyser.

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Measure of CO2 exchange between air and vegetation 
Age tested: 16-18.
Time: Depends on activity
Language: English
Material: Laboratory materials
Author: Platengymnasiet Motala and Swedish University og Agricultural Sciences
Topics: Carbon cycle, Photosynthesis, respiration, plant, soil, CO2 sensor

Hands-on Experiments for Secondary School Students

A selection experiments to motivate teachers and scientists to find their own experiments or to improve some of the presented ones. Most were collected from the experiment archive of the physics division of the Neufeld Gymnasium in Bern.

Download: Booklet (pdf)
Materials used by students
Language: English
Material: school physics lab equipment.
Author: Marc Eyer, University of Bern.
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CS LogoHow the climate is going to change in the next century 

An activity with colored balls and climate scenarios, designed to give an impression of the reliability of the statistics of predictions.

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Pupils in Barcelona
Ages tested: 12-14
Time: 15 min. (with 20 min. preparation)
Language: English (mostly)
Material: low-tech.
Author: Anna Font, CarboSchools

CS Logo Collection of Experiments on CO2 and Greenhouse Effect 

Twelve experiments to investigate and demonstrate different aspects of climate change:

- physics experiments on radiation and temperature
- biological experiments on metabolism (physiology)
- chemical experiments on the carbon cycle
- chemical-physiological experiment on combustion and metabolism.

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2 pupils coming back with CO2 catched behind a car 
Time:
Language: English, German
Material: low-tech
Author: Bernd Blume
Topics: greenhouse effect, radiation, temperature, carbon cycle, photosynthesis, fossils fuels, CO2 regulation
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