Impacts of Climate Change Resources

collapse Topic : Causes of Climate Change ‎(2)
Cyclical and Natural Changes
Human-Caused Changes
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Atmospheric Circulation
Atmospheric Composition
Carbon Cycle
Climate Compared to Weather
Climate Feedbacks
Global Energy Balance
Greenhouse Effect
Ocean and Climate
Orbital Cycles
Regional Climates
Solar Radiation
Water Cycle
collapse Topic : Human Responses to Climate Change ‎(3)
Personal Responsibility
Risk Management
Social Values
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Agricultural Changes
Economic Impacts
Ecosystem Changes
Extreme Weather
Freshwater Resources
Great Lakes Impacts
Melting Ice and Permafrost
Ocean Warming and Acidification
Plants and Animals
Public Health
Sea Level Rise
Surface Temperature Warming
collapse Topic : Measuring and Modeling Climate ‎(2)
Climate Modeling
Gathering and Measuring Climate Data

Great Lakes Impacts


Ecosystem Relationships. Climate Change: A Wisconsin Activity Guide. Wisconsin DNR. Grades 7-12. This section of the Activity Guide provides an activity and worksheets to help students understand that the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem are intricately linked to one another. It also helps students understand how climate change will impact Wisconsin.

Climate Change in the News. Climate Change: A Wisconsin Activity Guide. Wisconsin DNR. Grades 7-12. This section of the Activity Guide provides an activity and worksheets to help students synthesize how climate change is addressed in the media and how outlooks on climate change may vary by location.

Climate Change in My City. Your Climate, Your Future by World Wildlife Federation. Grades 9-12. Analyze climate change at local, regional, and global scales using an historical climate index.

The Forecaster. Your Climate, Your Future by World Wildlife Federation. Grades 9-12. Gather historical climate data for local regions and chart the trends over the past 100 years. Make climate predictions for the next month, semester, and year, and monitor these predictions over that period of time.

Climate Witness Oral History Project. Your Climate, Your Future by World Wildlife Federation. Grades 9-12. Interview elder community members and write their stories of how they have noticed the climate changing over the years. Present these stories in class, offer suggestions to students, discuss relevance of material presented, and publish stories on a Web site.

The Impact of Climate Change on Great Lakes Water Levels. Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. Grades 9-10. Students use a map and CNN article on Great Lakes water levels to discuss the causes and repercussions of changes in the Great Lakes ecosystems.

Changes Close to Home. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Grades 6-8. This activity develops student understanding of the relationship of weather and climate. Students use interview techniques to explore perceptions about local climate change among long-time residents of their community. Students then compare the results of their interviews to long term local temperature and precipitation records.


Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems by Union of Concerned Scientists. UCS Publications, Cambridge. (2003). Examines the impact of climate change on various ecosystems in the Great Lakes Region.

General Web Resources

Global Warming 101 by the Will Steger Foundation, Minnesota. Following along on Will Steger’s expeditions to the Arctic. Students can learn firsthand accounts of the conditions in the arctic by asking questions or viewing segments available online. Curriculum and lesson plans are also available.

Climate Wisconsin: Stories from a State of Change. From warming trout streams to decreasing ice cover, lower lake levels to extreme heat, Climate Wisconsin tells stories from a rapidly changing state.

Union of Concerned Scientists Publications by Union of Concerned Scientists. A new series of reports by Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and leading climate scientists provides an in-depth look at the potential consequences of climate change in the U.S. Midwest.

Climate Prediction Center. National Weather Service. The Climate Prediction Center produces educational materials to help students better understand the role of the climate system in our lives through the use of climate forecasts.

National Wildlife Federation’s Global Warming Site. NWF’s global warming page contains up-to-date information on global warming’s effects on wildlife, conservation, and how both policies and personal decisions can help. Also contains information on Great Lakes impacts and Global Warming Fact Sheets and Clean Energy Solutions for each state.

Midwest by United States Global Change Research Program. This web site is a well-organized resource for information on the many facets of climate change. Users can examine climate change impacts by region (including the Great Lakes), sector (such as ecosystems and society), and agency (how the United States federal agencies are related to climate change issues).

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI). The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) assesses and anticipates climate change impacts on specific Wisconsin natural resources, ecosystems and regions; evaluates potential effects on industry, agriculture, tourism and other human activities; and develops and recommends adaptation strategies that can be implemented by businesses, farmers, public health officials, municipalities, resource managers and other stakeholders.

Going Local with Global Warming. PBS Teachers professional development module. The majority of Americans do not believe that climate change will affect them personally. This lesson investigates evidence for contemporary climate change by examining multi-year weather and phenological (seasonal observational data) records obtained locally from several localities in the U.S. Plot and identify trends in local weather data, learn the difference between weather and climate and explore the pedagogic advantages associated with learning about global climate change through examination of data obtained at the community level. References national standards.

Minnesota’s Changing Climate. Will Steger Foundation. The Will Steger Foundation created Minnesota’s Changing Climate because we believe that environmental stewardship and action begins with a local connection and sense of appreciation, or environmental sensitivity, towards the natural environment. As educators, you have the unique opportunity to lead your students through the environmental education continuum of knowledge, awareness, and skills that lead to an informed and active environmental citizenry. Minnesota’s Changing Climate is a great place to start because it follows this model of inspiring an appreciation and understanding of Minnesota’s natural environment and empowering action. Includes activities, curriculum, and handouts.