Your Final Assignment:  Past, Present and Future Climate.

The Task: 

Note – the sections in blue require answering, the rest is to help you.
  1. Your task is to pick a city/region on the list provided. Each city is found within a different biome of North America [however many of the cities will be found in the same type].
    • State the altitude, latitude and longitude of the city.
    • State the presence of any large geographical climate influences on the region: mountain ranges, very large lakes, ocean, middle of the continent, etc.
    • Describe the type of biome the region is considered to be.
  2. Do some research and describe the historical average changes [flux] in temperature and precipitation for your city/region location.
    • This is the past and it describes the climate of the city.
    • You may be able to find this on travel or weather websites.
    • You may need to discuss the different types of precipitation [snow/rain] that may fall.
    • You must describe the changes both in written and graphical form. Be clear.
    • Explain how the latitude [remember the 30°N and 30°S effect concepts], longitude [may not be much], and large geographical features influence the climate of the city/region.
  3. Now find the weather for the city for the week. [ or
    • Describe the changes in weather both written and graphically.
    • Use the most recent weather reports you can find.
    • Explain how the weather for the week corresponds to the average climate of the region. Do the daily temperatures and precipitation match the averages exactly? Explain why or why not.
    • This is the present and is called weather.
  4. Using images you find on the internet from IPCC, NOAA, National Climactic Centre, or other national climate centers. You can also browse the actual reports from the IPCC this link here and finish the parts below:
    • IPCC is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and this is the type of image you are looking for….actually no. FIND THEM!!
    • Describe the actual and expected changes in temperature and precipitation climate change has and may continue to cause for the city/region. If there are no changes you got lucky!
    • State the major uses of land in the surrounding region: ie. agricultural, industrial, recreational [think tourism] etc.
    • Hypothesize how the expected climactic changes may effect the regions land usage you researched above. 
      • Some topics you may want to hypothesize about are the ecology [effects on plants and animals], economically [effects on businesses and jobs], or others.
    • Do not overdo this section. Keep it fairly brief.

How to present this to me:

You are going to provide all of the above data using microsoft movie maker. This program is actually very easy to use and here is a short movie clip from youtube to help explain some of the basics. Here is also the microsoft moviemaker help site.

Cities to Pick from:


  1. Iqaluit – Nunavut, Canada – Amanda/Rupina K. 
  2. Anchorage – Alaska, USA – Max/Nathan L.
  3. Kelowna – British Columbia, Canada – Brent/Faraaz
  4. Vancouver – British Columbia, Canada – Allen/Chris C. 
  5. Winnipeg – Manitoba, Canada – Zach/Jacob 
  6. Ottawa – Ontario, Canada – Madeline/john Gray
  7. Vail – Colorado, USA – Daniel / Alex. B. 
  8. Washington D.C. – D.C., USA -/ Michael Sitek/
  9. Los Angeles – California, USA – Alisa/Campbell 
  10. Las Vegas – California, USA – Bronwyn/Joshua Y.
  11. Miami – Florida, USA – Molly/Jakob D.
  12. St. Johns – Newfoundland, Canada – Rebecca/
  13. Pheonix – Arizona, USA  – Hedy / Ben Q. 
  14. Mexico City – Mexico – Marc / Jonathan C.
  15. Edmonton – Alberta, Canada Graham
  16. Houston – Texas, USA – Machael W./ Samm
  17. Halifax – Nova Scotia, Canada – Jackie/Michael H.
  18. Alert – Nunavut, Canada Teagan/
  19. Chicago – Illinois, USA – Steven/Toore A.
  20. Churchill – Manitoba, Canada Sulaiman

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