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Welcome Climate Change Educators!

From this hub you will find resources associated with the NASA-funded Global Climate Change Educator Professional Development Network.

Check out the free 90-minute live seminars, offered through NSTA Web Seminars, highlighting science content and classroom activities on topics related to climate change. From this page you will find links to web seminar registration (when available) and access the NSTA web seminar archive to view past presentations. Become a fan of this project on Facebook and connect with this network of educators.

These web seminars are based on our Climate Discovery course series for professional development of secondary educators. If you are interested in more intensive learning about climate science, please visit NCAR Online Education for course details and registration. On the instructors page you can learn more about the people who are development web seminars and courses.

Web Seminars:

An Introduction to Earth's Climate

Learn the basic science about Earth's climate. We will examine techniques to help students understand the difference between weather and climate, and provide an overview of the factors that impact climate. Then, we will explore a classroom activity about the delicate balance of the climate system.

Clues to Climates of the Past

How do we know what we know about climate in the distant past? Join us for this web seminar to explore the types of evidence used to reconstruct climate from the Proterozoic to the present. We will highlight an activity that will get your students exploring paleoclimate in the classroom.

Global Climate Change and the Earth System

In this web seminar we will take a tour of our planet with the purpose of illustrating how climate change and increasing greenhouse gases is affecting the Earth system. We will explore classroom resources that explore carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth system, including a classroom-ready activity, images, and interactives.

Effects of Climate Change: Ocean and Ice

In this web seminar we will explore how warmer temperatures and melting snow and ice are affecting the ocean. We will review the science behind sea level rise and do a classroom activity that addresses the topic with students. We will also examine other ways that the ocean may be changed by climate change such as possible changes in ocean circulation.

Effects of Climate Change to Life on Earth

From flowers to mosquitoes to coral reefs, climate change is having an impact on living things worldwide. In this web seminar we will explore how climate change affects species and ecosystems. With case studies about plants, coral reefs, and human health, we will take a look at some examples of how climate change is affecting life of Earth.

Predicting Future Climate and Considering Solutions

How do we know how climate will change in the future? Join us for this web seminar and learn how climate models are used to predict the future. Then, we will consider climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions that are being implemented by governments and individuals. Classroom activities that get students thinking about energy use and its affect on climate will be highlighted as well.

Looking for additional teaching resources?

Windows to the Universe also offers a multitude of resources to support teaching and learning about other aspects of Earth and space science too. Explore the links below to learn more.

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