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Global Climate Change Education Resources
Part 2. In-Depth Global-Change Resources

Environmental education is an important aspect of the education system in the United States and elsewhere. The topics related to global environmental change represent an interesting challenge to educators seeking to provide balanced coverage of the issue. Coverage goes beyond the physical and applied sciences and includes discussion from the policy and social sciences, as well.

GCC Education Resources

These groups provide more in-depth subject coverage of climate-change education resources than the general environmental education resources listed in Part 1 (Global Climate Change Digest, November 1998) of this column.

Center for Earth Observing and Space Research

Provides data and information resources from NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) beyond the traditional audiences of researchers and brings these science-based resources to teachers and educators at all levels from middle school through college. For additional NASA education resources, see NASA’s Online Educational Resources site at (a tremendous site for teachers).

Climate Solutions: Growth with Less Energy

This site looks at achieving the reduction of greenhouse gases to stop the warming of the global climate. It provides links to discuss the science, business, and policies related to global climate change.

College and University Global Change Courses

The course descriptions, syllabi, and course home pages listed here demonstrate the range of global-environmental- change studies available at colleges and universities. More than 70 individual classes were listed at the end of December 1998.

Destination Earth

The official Web site of NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise, a comprehensive education initiative to increase students’ knowledge about the sciences related to the Earth. Earth Science Enterprise (NASA) reviews various NASA education products related to Earth science or Earth-observation technology. Includes links to full-text copies of ESE Education Reports (overviews) beginning with May 1995.

Earth Science Resources: Geology, Oceanography, Astronomy, and Ecology

Provides resource links for educators on many topics related to global environmental change.


A hydrology and remote-sensing education project for the K-12 Earth science education community.

Electronic Mailing Lists for Global and Environmental Change Education

Six discussion lists compiled by the Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO).

GCDIS: Educational Resources

An inventory of more than 30 education sites for global-change studies. Accessed from the GCDIS Home Page and clicking on the Educational Resources box. Includes several very good resources for geographic- and cartographic-education resources.

GCRIO Unit Lesson Plans

Unit One: International Environmental Treaties for Conserving Biological Diversity (high school and college level). This unit introduces biological diversity and the importance of international environmental treaties in sustainable living. Students can experience the decision-making process involved in the development and implementation of environmental conventions; develop ecological literacy; and see the need for science in consideration of global environmental issues. Teachers can access an online biodiversity module that provides an overview, glossary, facts, activities, additional resources, hands-on exercises, and minds-on discussion topics.

The Global Change Game

Played on a world map the size of a basketball court. A great learning activity that stimulates creative problem-solving and critical thinking strategies.

Global Change and Environmental Education Resources

A multidisciplinary and international collection of resources representing a wide range of resources in a variety of formats for educators and students at all levels (K-12 and higher education), librarians, citizens, and community groups.

Global Change and Stability

  • [By July 2000 this site had been moved and could not be located.]

Produced by the Virginia Sea Grant Global Change Education Program, this site includes An Educators’ Page with links to teaching resources, lesson plans, and activities. Student global-change papers are presented, and a Global Change and Sustainability Index with reading lists, overviews, and fact sheets is provided. Sea Grant regional global- change education programs are provided for the Mid-Atlantic states [Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee (however, West Virginia and Tennessee have no links as of December 1998)] and the states bordering the Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin; see for a comprehensive inventory of Sea Grant Education Programs in the Great Lakes Region).

Global Climate: A Resource for Education

The Scatterometer Program Office is committed to meeting the increasing requests for educational resources about NASA’s Space and Earth Science activities. Through SeaWind’s Educational Outreach Program, several new products are being developed for release in Spring 1999. These products will feature updated multidisciplinary curricula on global climate in conjunction with behind-the-scenes news and stories from the SeaWinds projects.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supports the GLOBE Program, a worldwide network of K-12 students, scientists, and teachers working together to learn more about the global environment.

Global Warming: Focus on the Future

This is a minitour of the full global-warming exhibit on permanent display at the Biosphere 2 Center outside Tucson, Arizona. A rather extensive inventory of resources.

Global Warming and Climate Change

This brochure was prepared by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to explain the issue of global warming and climate change. Provides background information for teachers at all levels.

Institute for Global Change Research and Education

The Institute for Global Change Research and Education (IGCRE), located at the Global Hydrology and Climate Center, is an institution jointly operated by the University of Alabama at Huntsville and Universities Space Research Association. IGCRE collaborates with the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center’s Earth System Science Division to focus on advancing the understanding of the role of water and energy in the dynamics of global change. In addition, the Institute is integrating research with the educational needs of Earth-system and global-change science, including those at the precollege level, to convey the importance and exciting challenges of global-change science

International Research Institute for Climate Prediction

Acting under a cooperative agreement with NOAA’s Office of Global Programs, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, in collaboration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has undertaken the establishment of an International Research Institute (IRI) to provide experimental climate-forecast guidance on seasonal-to-interannual time scales for use by affected communities around the world.


A teacher designed this web site specifically for teachers to access, view, and print lessons during one planning period using their school’s Internet connection. For K-8 teachers.

JASON Project

A comprehensive environmental-change project based on scientific inquiry and the thrill of exploration. Resources and programs for teachers and students.

Supportive Scientific Visualization Environments for Education (SsciVEE) Project

Scientific visualization has had a tremendous impact on the practice of science during the past decade by capitalizing on the power of the human visual-perception system to identify patterns in complex data. The SsciVEE project is exploring the potential of this technology to improve science education in similar ways.

A Weather Page for Kids, Teachers, and Parents

Listings of resources and activities for children to use to explore weather and increase their interest and understanding of science with projects for the classroom and home.

Science-Related Resources

The following educational-resource sites provide a wide variety of extremely useful links to resources applicable to teaching global change.

Hot Links!

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Education Program

Online Education: Geostationary Satellites

Online Educational Resources (NASA)

Science Fairs and Forums

The Weather Learning Center

WINDandSEA: The Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator (NOAA)

World Resources Institute Environmental Education Project

Professional-Organization Resources

The following professional associations have resources, newsletters, publications, workshops, Web-site inventories, and other resources that can be of benefit to educators.

American Association for the Advancement of Science: Project 2061

(Main AAAS page:

American Association of Physics Teachers

American Chemical Society: Science Education

National Association of Biology Teachers

National Association for Research in Science Teaching

National Association for Science, Technology, and Society

National Institute for Science Education

National Science Education Leadership Association

National Science Teachers Association

North American Association for Environmental Education

(Directory of affiliates:

Pittsburgh Regional Center for Science Teachers

Triangle Coalition

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