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Using Climate Science Data to Teach Introductory Statistics

Tuesday, March 26th, 20132:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented by: Gary Witt, Temple University


This presentation shows how the application of simple statistical methods can reveal to students important insights from climate data. While the popular press is filled with contradictory opinions about climate science, teachers can encourage students to use introductory-level statistics to analyze data for themselves on this important issue in public policy. The detailed example in this presentation addresses the very important topic of the rate of decline of Arctic sea ice. Many climate scientists believe that Arctic sea ice melt is accelerating. The simple data analyses of this paper are meant to encourage students to examine the evidence themselves using tools they learn in their introductory statistics course.