Highly visual climate science demos
June 21, 2012 1:24 PM Subscribe
Is there a demonstration of an aspect of climate science that could be performed for a television show, and which would be highly visually interesting?
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The host of a popular science television program is interested in showing a demonstration of some aspect of climate change science. Whatever the demo is, it must have a high level of visual interest.
I have a few ideas about phenomena that could be demonstrated. For instance:
* The absorption of infrared light by various gases and gas mixtures (air, air with extra CO2, pure CO2, pure methane, etc)
* Changes in albedo, as with melting sea ice
* Burning samples of coal, oil, and gas to demonstrate CO2 production
* Demonstrations of renewable energy technology and/or energy storage technology
* Demonstration of geothermal heating and cooling
Do you know of any demos that have already been done? Ideally, it should be possible to carry out in a television studio using relatively inexpensive or commonly available equipment. Alternatively, do you have any ideas for demos that could plausibly be carried out under these conditions?
This seems like a good opportunity to teach some of the fundamentals of climate science to interested members of the general public, so any suggestions would be much appreciated.