The four geoscience literacy frameworks:
Ocean Literacy Framework (OLF) (2005)
Climate Literacy Framework (CLF) (2007)
Atmospheric Science Literacy Framework (ASLF) (10/5/2008)
Earth Science Literacy Framework (ESLF) (2008
have a number of common themes that will
likely be developed within the integrated Earth
Systems Literacy Principles (forthcoming).
Common Theme 1: Solar Energy
CLF- EP#3. The Sun is the primary source of
energy for the climate system.
ASLF- EP#2. Energy from the Sun drives atmospheric
Common Theme 2: Varies over Space and Time
CLF- EP#5. Earth's weather and climate vary
over time and space.
ESLF- Big Idea #4. Earth is a continuously
ASLF- EP#4. Earth's atmosphere changes over
time and space, giving rise to weather and
Common Theme 3: Complex Interactions
CLF- EP#4. Earth's weather and climate systems
are the result of complex interactions.
ESLF- Big Idea #3. Earth is a complex system
of interactions between rock, water, air and
ASLF- EP#5. Earth's atmosphere continously
interacts with the other components of the
Common Theme 4: Understanding through Observation and Modeling
CLF- EP#2. We increase our understanding of
the climate system through observation and
ASLF- EP#6. We seek to understand the past,
present, and future behavior of Earth's atmosphere
through scientific observation and reasoning.
Common Theme 5: Humans
CLF- EP#6. Evidence indicates human activities
are impacting the climate system.
ESLF- Big Idea #9. Humans have become a significant
agent of change on Earth.
ESLF- Big Idea #8. Humans are threatened by
Earth's natural hazards.
ASLF- EP#7. Earth's atmosphere and humans
are inextricably linked.
OLF- EP#6. The ocean and humans are inextricably
Common Theme 6: Life
CLF- EP#1. Life on Earth has been shaped by,
depend on, and affects climate.
ESLF- Big Idea #6. Life evolves on a dynamic
Earth and continuously modifies Earth.
ASLF- EP#1. Earth has a thin atmosphere that
OLF- EP#2. The ocean and life in the ocean
shape the features of Earth.
OLF- EP#5. The ocean supports a great diversity
of life and ecosystems.
Common Theme 7: Exploration
ESLF- Big Idea #1. Earth science explores
OLF- EP#7. The ocean is largely unexplored.
Common Theme 8: Resources
ESLF- Big Idea #7. Humans Depend on Earth
OLF- EP#4. The ocean makes Earth habitable.
Common Theme 9: Earth and the ocean
ESLF- Big Idea #5. Earth is the water planet
OLF- EP#1. Earth has one big ocean with many