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Crosswords: Weather  Every month the New York Times puts together special educational crossword puzzles.  This one's theme is weather.




Student reading book

U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: Educational Resources
Educational Resources.  Listing from the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).

Global Change and Environmental Education. Extensive list of link to education resources, maintained by the Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO). 

Questions and Answers

Frequently Asked Questions from the IPCC's "Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis." Nineteen FAQs (each as a separate PDF file) from the Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, first published in 2007. (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer: 2006 Update. From Report of the 2006 Assessment of the Scientific Assessment Panel (dtd February 2007) from the World Meteorological Organization. (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Frequently Asked Questions from Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2006 Assessment [PDF], report (dtd December 2006) prepared by the Secretariat for The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Frequently Asked Global Change Questions.  From the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center.  (link verified 8 Oct 2007)


Global Warming Questions and  Answers. Feature (dtd 2 July 2007) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link verified 8 Oct 2007)


Global Warming and Our Changing Climate -- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (2.2 Megabytes, PDF).  From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  (dated 2000).  (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Global Warming: Frequently Asked Questions.  From the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Last Updated 29 March 2007. (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Climate Change FAQs.  From the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Greenhouse: Questions and Answers.  From Australia's Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Atmospheric Research.  Last modified Modified: 10 August 2005. (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Climate Change Science: Questions Answered.  Twenty-eight page brochure (dated 2005) [PDF] from the Australian Greenhouse Office.  (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Frequently Asked Questions About the Science of Climate Change [PDF].  From Environment Canada, dated 2002. (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Lesson Plans.  Links to lesson plans posted on sites ranging from the New York Times to National Geographic.

Department of Energy (DOE)

Homeroom.  Education site sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy's ARM Program (ARM stands for Atmospheric Radiation Measurement"). (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research Global Change Education Program (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA Climate Change Site (links verified 8 Oct 2007)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

WWW Servers with Educational Materials about Earth Science and Global Change.  From the Global Change Master Directory, maintained by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.(link verified 8 Oct 2007)

NASA Education Programs (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

For Kids Only This site maintained by NASA's Earth Science Enterprise site will show you how different NASA missions study Earth's air, land, natural disasters, water.  Plus you can find out where the Terra satellite is right now.  It's worth a look even if you aren't a kid.  (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

NASA Science Learning.  Earth-Sun System Science section of this page includes links to: (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

  • Earth and Space Science Education E-News is a free monthly email newsletter about upcoming educational programs, events, opportunities and resources.
  • The Earth Explorers Series is a monthly series that will introduce you to NASA Earth Explorers, young and old, with a variety of backgrounds and interests.
  • Earth Science Education Catalog provides information about Agency-wide Earth-Sun science education programs and resources for elementary through university levels.
  • Education Product Review is a biannual review of NASA's Earth science education materials. Included is an overview of the review process, guidelines for product development, criteria used for evaluation, and a list of "outstanding" products recommended for distribution by NASA's ESE.
  • The GLOBE Program is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists taking scientifically valid measurements in the fields of atmosphere, hydrology, soils, and land cover/phenology.
  • The Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum stewards Sun-Earth Connection science resources. Their website features an extensive Resource Directory, containing hundreds of "ready-to-go" classroom activities and products that have been extensively field tested and evaluated. The site also provides links collections of images, movies and artwork

Our Mission to Planet Earth: A Guide to Teaching Earth System Science [PDF].  Guide (published 1999) for grades K-4.(link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Goddard Space Flight Center: Education Programs.(link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Goddard Institute for Space Studies: Education.(link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Educational Outreach.(link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Earth Observatory, Reference Section.(link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Scientist for a Day. "Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, professor of geography at the University of Toledo...and a team of researchers developed an educational outreach program, funded by the NASA New Investigator Program, that enabled teachers and students to collect data for a global change study.  Feature (25 April 2002) from NASA Earth Observatory. (link verified 8 Oct 2007)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Teacher Resources.  From NOAA Constituent Affairs.(link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Education.  Site maintained by NOAA.  Includes: (links verified 8 Oct 2007)

National Weather Service, Education Links.(link verified 8 Oct 2007)

Teachers at Sea

(links verified 8 Oct 2007)

Teacher-at-Sea Diane Stanitski-Martin standing in front of the Ka'Imimoana just before departure on August 16, 2002.From NOAA Climate Program Office.  "The enthusiasm for learning generated between teachers and students is the biggest payoff of NOAA's Teacher at Sea program, where teachers from elementary school through college go to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew."

TAO/TRITON Array Teacher At Sea Web Site.  Sponsored by NOAA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Atmospheric Sciences

Education & Outreach: Paleoclimatology(link verified 8 Oct 2007)

National Science Foundation

GEO Education.  Geosciences education site maintained by the NSF's Directorate for Geosciences (GEO).

NSF Establishes Five New Centers to Develop Teaching Leadership in Science and Mathematics.  Press release (dtd 23 Oct 2002) from the National Science Foundation.  (link posted 17 November 2002)

Smithsonian Institution

Forces of ChangeForces of Change.   Forces of Change is a new program about the dynamics of global change at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.  Includes:

Looking@Earth.  "The Looking at Earth gallery first opened to the public May 8, 1986 in the National Air and Space Museum [NASM] on the Mall in Washington, D.C. It documents the changing ways that we have viewed our planet from above. This online version is part of an ongoing effort by the NASM web site to create a `virtual' representation of each of the physical galleries of the museum. Each completed online gallery brings as much information as possible from the the physical gallery to the internet visitor."

Earth TodayMuseum and online exhibition.  "Viewing the Earth from space, we can observe how its atmosphere, oceans, landmasses, and life interact as global systems. Using advanced computer technology and visualization techniques, Earth Today displays data from Earth orbiting satellites in near real time, giving an up to date picture of conditions on our planet. " 

Ocean Planet.  "Ocean Planet, premiered at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History from April 1995 to April 1996, where it attracted nearly two million visitors. This electronic online companion exhibition contains all of the text and most of the panel designs and images found in the traveling exhibition."

US Geological Survey (USGS)

The Learning Web.  "Dedicated to K-12 education and lifelong learning.  Explore things on, in, around and about the Earth, such as land, water, plants, animals and maps."

Educational Resources for Cartography, Geography, and Related Disciplines

University Corporation
for Atmospheric Research

As a consortium of universities dedicated to education and research to enrich our understanding of the earth system, UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP).

K-12 Education

UCAR Global Change Instruction Program

Explore the Atmospheric Sciences.   Newsletter of Informal Education at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research / National Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR/NCAR)

LEARN: Atmospheric Science Explorers.  LEARN "began in 1991 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help fill the critical need of science teacher professional development."  It's goal was "to increase middle school science teacher knowledge of and interest in the atmospheric sciences...Much of the instructional and science content foundation for the LEARN workshops came from the teaching modules developed by LEARN teachers in collaboration with more than 60 NCAR scientists.... As LEARN was nearing completion, a number of the teachers suggested that it would be useful to have a Web site based on the modules so that the information would be widely available to all."

Sites Sponsored by Others 

Ancient Ice, Cool Science: Climate Change in the North.  Internet resources related to an exhibit at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center (Bowdoin College, Maine).

Atmosphere, Climate & Environment Information Programme.  The program is supported by is the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to "disseminate information, without advocacy or bias, on the causes, effects of and controls on air pollution and climate change, within the framework of national legislation and international discussion."  Includes Information and Teaching Resources section with Global Climate Change Student Information Guide, information sheets and teaching & activity resources. (link posted 22 May 2003)

Climate Change Information Kit.  Set of 30 information sheets (updated 1999) from the United Nations.  Also available as PDF document.

Earth Science Education Resources.  From the Department of Physics/Astronomy, Western Washington State University.

Energy Quest.  Energy education site from the California Energy Commission.  Among the offerings is the Greenhouse Effect Science Project.

EXPLORES! Teacher's Resource Guide.  From Florida State University, Department of Meteorology.

Frank Potter's Science Gems.  "Great links to great science resources." 

Global warming education.  From the UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. 

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment.  "GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program."  GLOBE is a cooperative effort of schools, led in the United States by a Federal interagency program in partnership with over 140 colleges and universities, state and local school systems, and non-government organizations. Internationally, GLOBE is a partnership between the United States and 95 other countries.

CanadaGovernment of Canada:

Government of Germany

Government of the United Kingdom

K-12 Education. From the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Archived webcast that took place in the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, 1-12 February 2002. "The multi-media web production will include photo galleries and articles focusing on major climate change issues as well as observations made by citizens over time that offer evidence of global warming. In addition, resources are offered for K-12 teachers and students, and Mercury Rising is presented as a distance learning and continuing education course for teachers through The Heritage Institute and Antioch University."

Metropolitan East Coast Assessment Education Module.  A "a package of GIS software, datasets and lesson plans designed for educators who are interested in using GIS technology to explore global climate change issues." From

National Science Teachers Association

One Sky, Many Voices.  "A project to create innovative inquiry-based K-12 science curricula that utilize current technologies such as CD-ROMs and the World Wide Web for Interactive Study."

ScienceNetLinks.  "Providing a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators, Science NetLinks is your guide to meaningful standards-based Internet experiences for students."

Temperature Rising.  "Simon Fraser University, the Government of Canada, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and the Government of B.C., together with other partners, have developed information material on the science of climate change. The Temperature Rising poster and activity kit are designed for B.C. grade 10 to 12 audiences with curriculum links to subjects such as Geography, Earth Sciences, and Social Studies."

Weather Education.  From The Weather Channel.


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