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

Plants and Animals


Ecosystem Phenology. 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 the methods of phonological data collection and how these methods can help us better understand climate change.

The Leopold Legacy: Phenology of Plants and Birds. Paradise Lost. Grades 6-12. In this activity, students work in small groups to examine a set of data that includes 23 phenological events, and then share their findings with the rest of the class. They will look at 3 major “themes” within the data: 1) changes in plant phenology, 2) changes in bird phenology, and 3) relationships among events.

Lesson 3: The Effects of Climate Change on Living Things. Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 6-8. In small groups students learn about potential impacts of climate change on living things and communicate these impacts to the class through skits.

Lesson 3: The Effects of Climate Change on Living Things. Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 9-12. In small groups students learn about potential impacts of climate change on living things and communicate these impacts to their school community through informative posters or other media.

Keeping Watch on Coral Reefs. NOAA Ocean Service Education. Grades 9-12. This activity identifies and explains the benefits of and threats to coral reef systems. Students read tutorials, describe the role of satellites, analyze oceanographic data and identify actions that can be undertaken to reduce or eliminate threats to coral reefs. As a culminating activity, students prepare a public education program.

March of the Polar Bears: Global Change, Sea Ice, and Wildlife Migration. My NASA Data Lesson Plans. Grades 6-12. Students use NASA satellite data to study changes in temperature and snow-ice coverage in the South Beaufort Sea, Alaska. They will then correlate the data with USGS ground tracking of polar bears and relate their findings to global change, sea ice changes, and polar bear migration and survival.

Coral Bleaching: A White Hot Problem. NOAA Sea Grant and National Marine Educators Association. Grades 6-12. This teaching activity addresses environmental stresses on corals. Students assess coral bleaching using water temperature data from the NOAA National Data Buoy Center. Students learn about the habitat of corals, the stresses on coral populations, and the impact of increased sea surface temperatures on coral reefs. In a discussion section, the connection between coral bleaching and global warming is drawn.

Global Warming Webquest. Marian Koshland Science Museum – National Academy of Science. Grades 6-12. In this Webquest activity, students assume roles of scientist, business leader, or policy maker. The students then collaborate as part of a climate action team and learn how society and the environment might be impacted by global warming. They explore the decision making process regarding issues of climate change, energy use, and available policy options. Student teams investigate how and why climate is changing and how humans may have contributed to these changes. Upon completion of their individual tasks, student teams present their findings and make recommendations that address the situation.

Changes Ahoof: Could Climate Change Affect Arctic Caribou. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Grades 6-8. Students run a simplified computer model to explore how climate conditions can affect caribou, the most abundant grazing animal in the Arctic.


Planet in Peril: A CNN Worldwide Investigation. Cable News Network (CNN) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Company. (2007). Grades 9-12. Bringing viewers the stories behind the statistics, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Animal Planet host and wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin will focus on four main issues that threaten the planet and its inhabitants: climate change, deforestation, species loss and overpopulation.


Ecological Impacts of Climate Change. National Academy of Sciences. This 28-page booklet is based on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (2009), a report by an independent panel of experts convened by the National Research Council. It explains general themes about the ecological consequences of climate change and identifies examples of ecological changes across the United States. Climate change is affecting ecosystems right in your own backyard. In addition, PowerPoint presentation modules are available to assist educators in sharing this information.

General Web Resources

Communities of Living Things. Your Climate, Your Future by World Wildlife Federation. Grades 9-12. Read and discuss articles on how changing weather patterns, a changing balance of competitors, and changes in the availability of food and shelter can increase uncertainty for communities of living things. Students predict how continued warming may affect communities of living things with which they are familiar.

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.

Ecosystems by United States Global Warming 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).