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Education and Outreach

Confused By Climate Change?

For an easy-to-understand breakdown of the science behind climate change, and its human and societal impacts, visit Climate Communication Science and Outreach.

The 2009 Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States full report
This report summarizes the science of climate change and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It is largely based on results of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and integrates those results with related research from around the world. This report discusses climate-related impacts for various societal and environmental sectors and regions across the nation. It is an authoritative scientific report written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

UCAR is a nonprofit cosortium of more than 75 universities that manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), with headquarters in Boulder, CO. They offer many resources for educators and students of all levels, including learning modules, hands-on activities, and internship programs.

UCAR and NCAR Links

Spark UCAR Science Education
For general public, educators, and students

Educator's Bridge
For K-12 Educators

Kid's Crossing
For kids, parents, and teachers
Fun and easy hands-on experiments and handouts

MetED Teaching and Training Resources for the Geoscience Community
For anyone age 13 up
In-depth learning modules and courses on a variety of meteorology topics

NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL)
For higher education students and educators

High Altitude Observatory (HAO)
For higher education students

NCAR Programs:

RETI Research Experience for Teachers Institute
For pre-service secondary teacers, 12 mo. program

GLOBE Global Learning and Observations to Benefit Environment
Worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program

EOL Opportunities
For higher education students and post-doctoral fellows

NCAR offers many student opportunities, including the Undergraduate Leadership Workshop, attended by Brandi Clark of the climate research group in June 2011.


Sea surface temperatures from a Community Climate System Model simulation of 20th century climate at NCAR

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA is an agency that keeps the public informed through daily weather forecasts and severe weather warnings, and provides scientists with a wide variety of climate data. NOAA also oversees the National Weather Service NWS, which provides national forecast information, as well as past weather data.

NOAA and NWS Links:

NWS Weather Safety
Provides information to keep the public safe during extreme weather events, and every-day situations

NOAA Watch All Hazard Monitor
Monitors hazardous weather conditions across the country

NOAA El Nino Page
Information and educational links on El Nino and La Nina

NOAA Education Resources
For students and educators


Hurricane Katrina as seen from NOAA satellite on August 25, 2005

National Aeronautics and and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA utilizes satellite data to monitor Earth's climate and solar weather, including ocean temperatures, ice melt, and solar flares. Other research areas include climate and radiation, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and mesoscale atmospheric processes.

NASA Links:

NASA Education
For students and educators

NASA Earth Observatory
For general public

Earth Observatory El Nino Page
Information on El Nino and its impacts

Goddard Spce Flight Center
For general public, students, and educators

SeaWiFS Project
For research and educational purposes


Acquired August 24, 2012, this natural-color image shows a profusion of peacock hues created by a phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Michon Scott.

Other Links:

Windows to the Universe
For educators and students

The National Science Digital Library (NDSL)
For K-12 teachers

Oceans Alive
For general public, tstudents, and teachers

See other research links on the courses page