Now Available for Download
Displayed at the Florida Museum in 2015, this exhibition highlights research on climate change over Earth’s history. Discover what 70 million years of evidence reveals about our dynamic climate, including today’s rapid rate of change. Explore a natural history climate timeline to see when some of the most fascinating events occurred, including the age of dinosaurs, the first arrival of humans and time periods of great civilizations.
- Understanding Earth’s Changing Climate
Visualize changing climate by examining giant graphs showing both long- and short-term temperature changes.
- Natural History Timeline
Compare a sequence of events to understand where dinosaurs, humans, megalodon sharks and other animals and events fit in Earth’s history.
- Climate Science Revealed
Learn some of the basics of how Earth’s climate is studied.
- Thousands of scientists are studying climate science using a variety of methods, revealing new surprises every day.
- Weather describes short-term changes in the atmosphere, while climate is measured on a scale of 30 years or more.
- Earth is warming faster today than at any other time in history except during cataclysmic events such as meteor strikes.
- Humans have a significant impact on Earth’s climate.
- Earth’s tilt toward the sun and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere can impact climate.
- The fact that carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere isn’t new; it was discovered in the early 1900s by Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius.
A special thanks to our collaborators:
- The University of Florida Department of Geological Sciences
- The Florida Museum divisions of Anthropology, Mammalogy and Vertebrate Paleontology
- The University of New Hampshire Complex Systems Research Center