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NASA’s Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet includes links to great NASA data sources, current statistics for a range of climate indicators and lots of Earth Observation Systems resources. Outstanding resource!!
 NASA WavelengthNASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. Use NASA Wavelength to quickly and easily locate resources, connect them to other websites using atom feeds, and even share the resources you discover with others through social media and email.

Goddard Space Flight Center - Global Change Master Directory 

This is an outstanding resource. Included are links to all manor of NASA earth science datasets, tools, projects, earth systems monitoring instruments and sensors, and more. Learn about how the science of studying climate change is conducted.

Earth

This site focusses on NASA's study of Earth, Earth systems science and Earth systems change (including climate change). Excellent resource for the study of Earth systems in general.
Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM)
The mission’s focus is concerned with measuring precipitation across the globe, and being able to refresh the latest precipitation data every three hours. 
Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission (SMAP)
An orbiting observatory that measures the amount of water in the top 5 cm (2 inches) of soil everywhere on Earth’s surface in a polar orbit around Earth. It is called SMAP. This is an acronym made from the name of the satellite. SMAP stands for Soil Moisture Active Passive.
  


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Resources

Climate Ready Great Lakes  Training Modules The Climate Ready Great Lakes training modules are 3 presenations tailored towards helping to create a Climate Ready Great Lakes.
NOAA Climate
Science and information for a climate-smart nation.
NOAA Climate Education Resources The collections under this theme are developed to improve Climate Literacy and to provide access to scientific information, which can inform personal decisions about actions that influence climate.
Data in the Classroom The NODE (NOAA Ocean Data Education) project aims to develop modules that facilitate access to a large and expanding collection of NOAA data and visualizations and provide a one stop place for teachers and students to access NOAA data in a relevant, meaningful way.
Weather Education This page offers information for children, teens and adults. Materials range from coloring books, puzzles and games, to lesson plans, brochures, satellite images, and career information for weather related fields, such as meteorology, hydrology and climatology. 



 Climate Change Networks
Providing Resources
Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway Welcome to the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network. Explore the reviewed collection of educational resources. Learn how you can build your students' understanding of the core ideas in climate and energy science.
Climate Wisconsin These stories are produced to support teaching and learning about climate change in Wisconsin.
Michigan Climate Coalition The Michigan Climate Coalition (MCC) seeks to foster synergy through information, communication and action, in order to assist Michigan in responding to climate change.  The MCC was founded in November 2010 by MSU Climate Change Leadership Fellows and Michiganders from the public and private sectors – from NGOs, businesses, government, and educational institutions.  It is open to all with an interest in climate science, energy efficiency, sustainability and related disciplines. 
Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change This website is a resource for research, education, and collaboration in the area of adaptation and climate change. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Notre Dame. 
A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change  This website, developed by the EPA, is targeted towards 6th-8th grade students.  The website explains the causes and impacts of global climate change in a simple, concise yet engaging way, in addition to the steps we all take to help to solve the problem.  The site includes videos, resources for educators, and interactive features to help students (and other users) learn more about global climate change.
 

This project is hosted by UC Berkley's Lawrence Hall of Science. This project seeks to establish a network of practicing high school teachers actively using climate change curricula. The key aim of the project will be creation of professional learning communities (PLCs) of teachers who, through a series of remote meetings and workshops, maintain ongoing communication and sharing of best practices among colleagues to strengthen knowledge and promote effective teaching strategies.

ACE - Alliance for Climate Education  ACE is the national leader in high school climate science education.  They are a national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it—while having fun along the way. They are based in Oakland, California, with educator teams in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Boston, Atlanta and Colorado.  

CAKE 

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) is a joint project of Island Press and EcoAdapt. It is aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change. 

Center for Climate Strategies    "The Center for Climate Strategies works with public officials and stakeholders at the state, regional and local levels across the United States and in other countries to pursue the opportunities presented by energy and climate issues and secure positive impacts including economic development, clean energy, jobs creation and a safer environment." 
CEOS Climate Diagnostics  Excellent source of remotely sensed data, including graphs, charts and maps, on climate indicators, atmosphere, land surface, oceans, biosphere and more.  
Changing the Balance  Earth's climate is changing. The clues are everywhere. Icebergs are shrinking. Glaciers are melting. Coastlines are disappearing. Animals are now found in places they've never lived before. 
Climate Change Education 

"Portal Web Site Dedicated to: Global Warming Education, Climate Change Education, Science, Solutions and Resources" Includes links to "K-12 School Lesson Plans, Curriculum and Materials - Interdisciplinary and By Subject: Sciences, Math, Language Arts, Careers, more"

ClimateWizard  ClimateWizard enables technical and non-technical audiences alike to access leading climate change information and visualize the impacts anywhere on Earth.  The first generation of this web-based program allows the user to choose a state or country and both assess how climate has changed over time and to project what future changes are predicted to occur in a given area. ClimateWizard represents the first time ever the full range of climate history and impacts for a landscape have been brought together in a user-friendly format.  
Climate Crock of the Week   Visit this site to learn about the Climate "Crock" of the week.  Interesting, Entertaining, and Provacative.  Visit the YouTube Channel of the same name.  
Earth: The Operators' Manual  A great set of resources to complement the program "Earth: the Opererators' Manual.  Provides resources on climate change, things you can do, and an educators section. 
Modeling Earth's Climate  Examine climate data and models to explore what we might be able to predict about the Earth's future, and how sure we will be about it. 
Windows to the Universe - Climate Change Your portal to discovery! Explore the wealth of information available here to learn about the Earth and Space sciences and related topics in the humanities including mythology, art, poetry, and more.
Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts  The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Chage Impacts (WICCI) is a statewide collaboration that brings scientists and stakeholdrs together to find adaptation strategies to the potential impacts of climate change in the state. 
350.org 350 means climate safety. To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
GLISA Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) links science, people, and information, bridging the gap between producers and users of scientific information. GLISA facilitates smart responses to climate variability and change.
Carbon Connections Teacher Resources from BSCS

The materials include: Advanced preparation notes, Unit organizers, Lesson indicators and outcomes, Materials lists, Videos of select activities for teacher preparation, Answers to student-page questions, Student and teacher versions of lessons, Unit test or quiz questions, and Classroom discussion PowerPoints

National Center for Science Education The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education. Defending the teaching of evolution and climate change.
Skeptical Science Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to improve their understanding. Yet this isn't what happens with climate change denial. Skeptics vigorously criticise any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet embrace any argument, op-ed, blog or study that purports to refute global warming. This website gets skeptical about global warming skepticism. Do their arguments have any scientific basis? What does the peer reviewed scientific literature say?   Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism.
 101 Top Web Resources on Climate ChangeMichelle Barney researched and compiled a list of 101 top sites dedicated to Climate Change and its effect on our environment.  She found resources covering climate change, greenhouse gases, polar icecaps and overall alternatives to make our planet better.  This site provides all the information that anyone with a "green" mind would find useful.
Will Steger Legacy - Climate Generation
Climate Lessons provides tools, resources and reflections on climate change education for educators and communicators of climate change. This blog is posted to weekly with an educator audience in mind.
Climate Change LiveWelcome to the ClimateChangeLIVE distance learning adventure! 

ClimateChangeLIVE partners can help you get started in climate change solutions.

 CloudSatHere are some great resources for clouds and cloud classification provided by a partnership between GLOBE and NASA.  This is part of the CloudSat project.
 National Geographic MagazineSpecial Issue on Climate Change




Reports and Textbooks Providing Information on Climate Change
 "The Story of Climate Change" - A Free eTextbook for MS Students
 “The Story of Climate Change” is Co-Authored by Earth Day Network and Michael Leifer. This Digital Textbook for Middle School (6-8th Grade) Students seeks to be both Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Climate Literacy Science Standards.  The iTextbook begins by defining (1) What Is This Thing Called Climate Change, then proceeds to explain (2) How Glaciers Tell Our History, and shows (3) What’s Melting and Why It Matters, and then explores (4) The People and Places of Climate Change, and ends with (5) What Can You Do?  There is also a Draft Standard Alignments Section after the Chapters.
 "Climate Change" A Free Online Textbook for HS Students
CLIMATE CHANGE addresses the controversial question of how human activities may be changing Earth's climate.  The Guide identifies scientific questions which still remain unanswered, and involves students in thinking about the economic, political, and ethical implications of regulating human activities to reduce the likelihood of global climate change.
 Getting the Picture: A Climate Eduction Resource for MS and HS Students Students and educators of all ages can use this free interactive educational tool to gain a fresh perspective on our biggest global challenge: our changing climate. Getting The Picture offers a modern, interdisciplinary approach to teaching climate science. Especially useful for middle and high school levels, this educational content extends far beyond Earth science and biology and incorporates history, economics, geography, art science and social studies.
 Construct Your Own FlexBook Textbook
Construct your own textbook on Climate Change.  When you visit the site, go to the search window where it asks, "What do you want to learn about today?"  Insert the term - Climate Change.
 Climate Science InvestigationsClimate Science Investigations (CSI): South Florida is an online, interactive series of modules and teaching resources that are currently under development. These modules provided the content and learning activities for the course. The objective of CSI has been to develop and pilot modules that enable secondary and undergraduate students to analyze and use NASA data to address the public’s questions and commonly held misconceptions about climate change. The instructional approach is to use the questions about climate change, and the arguments that underlie them, as a basis for teaching the practices of science and the critical thinking skills inherent in these processes.
 Climate Generation: A Will Steger LegacyNext Generation Climate is a six lesson, interdisciplinary, middle school climate change curriculum that has students investigate the cause of the global temperature change, research the major repercussions of climate change, and find out how they can monitor and minimize those repercussions. Next Generation Climate allows students to dive deep into graphs and data and practice the skills of argumentation and engineering design. This curriculum uses the Next Generation Science Standards as a framework and is also aligned to Climate and Energy Literacy standards.
Global Reporting Initiative The leading international standard for reporting corporate performance on energy, labor, the environment, and human rights.  The GRI has since led thousands of the world’s largest corporations to reform their worst practices and better serve their communities.
Climate Change at the National Academies The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council are the nation’s pre-eminent source of high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health matters. Most of our work is conducted by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. The Research Council, the operating arm of the NAS and NAE, performs its studies and workshops through five major divisions; Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Earth and Life Studies, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Policy and Global Affairs, and the Transportation Research Board.

The homepage of the IPCC. Access the panels reports and findings directly, along with links to resources. 

 
Michigan Climate Action Plan  Access the actual plan and its 54 recommendations. Also contains links to Federal and other regional and state plans.
Updating the Climate Science (Jim Hansen and Makiko Sato)   From the author of "Storms of my Grandchildren". This website uses the book, and charts and graphs from the book, to talk about climate change, and how to  respond to the challenges presented by climate change. 
US Global Change Research Program   "The most comprehensive, authoritative report on Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States... This report presents, in plain language, the science and impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts on U.S. regions and various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. A comprehensive series of web-pages were developed that highlight the findings and major conclusions of the report and contain complete downloadable files of the report, as well as a host of additional content on climate change impacts on the U.S." 
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Here is a listing of some of the most recent reports:  The Political Benefits to Taking a Pro-Climate Stand; Peer Reviewed Articles; Americans' Actions to Limit Global Warming; Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies; Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes 




The Music of Climate Change
Songs on Climate Change  A Happy Song About Global Warming; Earth to America; Climate Change Song; I Need to Wake Up; Climate Change Song; Where We Going To; Here Comes the Sun; Wake Up America;
Top 8 Songs About Climate Change Saltwater; Where We Going To Go; The Shadows; I Need to Wake Up; The Last Day on Earth; Earth Song; Can We Save the Planet with Music: Protect the World
Take AIM at Climate Change  An upbeat invitation to "Take AIM at Climate Change" - with "AIM" standing for Adapt, Innovate, Mitigate. The lyrics are based on the latest science of Earth's changing climate, with the music a mix of rap and pop. Four verses connect changes in the Arctic and Antarctic to conditions around the planet, with choruses encouraging long-term thinking, and individual and community action. Optimistic, forward-thinking, but now's the time to act. "Yes we can!" take AIM at climate change. 
 Keep It Sustainable Hip Hop Song produced by the Park Services.
Before My Time from Chasing Ice  2013 Oscar Nominee - Best Original Song "Before My Time" written and produced by J. Ralph. Performed by Scarlett Johansson & Joshua Bell for the Sundance award winning documentary "Chasing Ice."



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