Global Energy Flows

Global Energy Flows

Students analyze data detailing global energy sources and sinks (uses) and construct a diagram to show the relative scale and the connections between them. Discussions of scale, historical, socio-environmental and geographic variation in this data and implications for future energy use are included.

Audience High School through Undergraduate (9-16)
Related Subject Areas Life Sciences-Biology, Physical Sciences, Engineering
Prior Knowledge Familiarity with renewable and non-renewable energy sources, basic physics concepts related to the transformation of energy and matter, and familiarity with the joule (J) as a unit of energy
Time Required One to two 50-minute class periods
Required Supplies Activity package
Tags/Keywords middle school, high school, undergraduate, energy, data, sustainability
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Global Energy Flows Package (.zip, 8.4MB)
Includes: Teacher Instructions and Answer Key, Student Pages, Global Energy Flow Graph Slide Set, IPCC Chapter 4, Energy Consumption by Source Raw Data.