Climate Change References
Climate Change Science
Understanding Science, Generally
A University of California – Berkley site
for teachers on what science is, the
scientific method, etc.
National Climate Data Center (U.S.)
The primary center in the United States for
data and climate modeling.
Nature: Climate Change (journal)
Nature Publishing’s monthly journal on
climate change science. Subscription access
NASA Climate Change: Eyes on Earth
NASA’s climate change science portal.
"Discovery of Global Warming" by Spencer
A comprehensive Ebook with hyperlinks, about
the complete history of the development of
climate change science. Sponsored by The
Center for the History of Physics of the
American Institute of Physics, The National
Science Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan
Basic Information (EPA)
Climate change “basics” from the
Environmental Protection Agency.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program
(USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal
research on changes in the global
environment and their implications for
Global Change Master Director
NASA's Global Change Master Directory
(GCMD). GCMD holds science data set and
service descriptions, which cover subject
areas within the Earth and environmental
State of the Climate Reports
NOAA’s annual report on climate nationally
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change. The “official” international science
body about climate change. Produces periodic
assessment reports. The reports are not
released until after a closed door review by
representatives of the planet’s governments,
and acceptance by consensus.
The official government website for Canada
National Snow & Ice data
NOAA & NASA data and educational site about
the planet’s frozen areas.
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
emphasizes a broad study of global change by
GISS-Surface Temperature Analysis
data is also found here.
The National Climatic Data Center's
Paleoclimatology Branch is the world's
largest archive of climate and paleoclimate
data. It partners with national and
international science initiatives around the
world. Paleoclimatology is the fast growing
academic specialty that studies the planets
climate since planetary formation. A crucial
science area for future adaptation.
Met Office Hadley Centre
The main British planetary climate change
The premier climate science blog. Done by
scientists for those with a keen interest in
climate science. An advanced search key for
it is at the
Search Guide to Real Climate.
Climate Change Communication
Climate Science Rapid Response Team
An online service for journalists where they
can be put in touch with real climate
Their resource page.
Climate Literacy Network
The Climate Literacy Network provides a
forum for organizations, agencies and
individuals to collaborate for climate
education. Members share ideas, coordinate
efforts and develop learning resources and
support integration of climate literacy into
formal and informal education venues.
Clean Net: climate change and energy
The CLEAN project, a part of the National
Science Digital Library, provides a reviewed
collection of resources coupled with the
tools to enable an online community to share
and discuss teaching about climate and
Scientific Guide to Global Warming
A 16 page peer reviewed document for people
who are not accepting climate science.
Climate Change Handbook: A Citizen’s Guide
to Thoughtful Action
Booklet written for average audiences.
Apel, Mark, Lauren McDonell, Jay Moynihan,
Darien Simon, and Viviane
Simon-Brown. December 2010. Climate
Change Handbook: A Citizen’s Guide
to Thoughtful Action.
Contributions in Education and Outreach 4b,
Forest Research Laboratory, Oregon State
Climate Shift (communication)
An American University School of
Communication site on the communication of
science in society.
Climate Communication is a non-profit
science and outreach project funded by the
Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the
ClimateWorks Foundation. Materials to
further the scientific understanding of
Earth systems and global environmental
The Yale Project on Climate Change
Probably the premier academic site on
communication about climate change. The
source of the “Six Americas” report.
Conducts original research on public climate
change awareness, attitudes, risk
perceptions, Designs and tests new
strategies to engage the public in climate
science and solutions, and assists educators
with the knowledge and tools to engage their
The Psychology of Climate Change
University 54 page booklet on effective
communication about climate change.
Wisconsin Climate Change Stories
Climate Wisconsin is an educational
multimedia project featuring stories of
climate change. All stories are supported by
research conducted in collaboration with the
Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change
Background essays and teaching tips were
developed with support from the Nelson
Institute for Environmental Studies and
Center for Biology Education at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. Climate
Wisconsin is a project of the Educational
Communications Board with funding from the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Global Warming Art
An open source collection of climate change
science related educational graphics.
Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation
(as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change) is a change of climate
which is attributed directly or indirectly
to human activity that alters the
composition of the global atmosphere and
which is in addition to natural climate
variability observed over comparable time
Climate change mitigation refers to
slowing or stopping climate change.
Adaptation is defined by the as
adjustment in natural or human systems in
response to actual or expected climatic
stimuli or their effects, which moderates
harm or exploits beneficial
Resilience is defined as the capacity
of a system to absorb disturbance and still
retain its basic function and
A blog covering climate change matters,
mostly adaptation related. Regular posting
of new adaptation resources for governments
The Climate Disclosure Project. The premier
climate change mitigation and adaptation
reporting protocol and searchable database
for business and local governments.
The most complete set of references,
guidance’s, templates for figuring out how
your organization can deal with rapid
climate change. It is the most widely used
international accounting tool for government
and business leaders to understand,
quantify, and manage greenhouse gas
emissions. Most of the tools used to answer
the CDP, above.
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.
is must read if you are in Wisconsin.
Climate Ready Great Lakes
The Climate Ready Great Lakes community training
modules on adaptation planning.
Local Materials Management Tool Kit
Materials management strategies to reduce
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated
with waste, materials and products through a
lifecycle and systems approach.
Policy Guide on Planning & Climate Change
The American Planning Association document
of recommendation’s to planners.
NOAA Climate Program
Research to assist communities plan and
Cornell Extension Climate & Energy Team
Emphasizes interdisciplinary educational
programming that addresses residential and
other building energy conservation,
agriculture and energy, communities, and
climate change, and youth in particular with
energy & climate change education programs.
EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network)
The Extension Disaster Education Network
(EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort
by Extension Services across the country to
improve the delivery of services to citizens
affected by disasters.
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (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.
The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center
seeks to advance effective climate, energy,
and transportation policies in the United
States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and help communities adapt to
CDC Climate Change Portal
The climate change portal of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
Red Cross & Red Crescent Climate Center
Resources on climate change and disaster
NIFA Climate Change Site
The National Institute of Food and
Agriculture (USDA) global change and climate
site. Resources and funding opportunities.
U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Resource
Information and tools for land managers.
Climate Change Knowledge Compendium
The Climate Change Knowledge Network is an
information and reference site hosted by the
International Institute for Sustainable
Climate Change and National Security
Trends and Implications of Climate Change
for National and International Security,
October 2011. Because of the increasing
importance of climate change on US security,
the Defense Science Board was charged with
examining the need to adapt, manage, and
mitigate the consequences of climate change.
Worth examining generally due to its
excellent sections on iterative risk
planning and management and other adaptation
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy
of Global Change
A think tank working on an integrated global
GEMI Climate Change and Business
The Global Environmental Management
Initiative (GEMI) is a non-profit
organization of leading companies dedicated
to foster global environmental, health and
safety (through the sharing of tools and
Walmart Sustainability Hub
The entry point for information on their
climate change and energy and supply chain
The Investor Network on Climate Risk
partners with investors worldwide to advance
the investment opportunities and reduce the
material risks posed by sustainability
challenges such as global climate change and
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
The successor organization to the highly
respected Pew Center on Global Climate
Change. Significant learning resources.
Wisconsin Phenology Society
The Wisconsin Phenological Society (WPS) is
organized for the study of the relationship
between the stages of plant growth and
animal life and physical factors of the
environment; particularly climate and
USA National Phenology Network
The USA National Phenology Network brings
together citizen scientists, government
agencies, non-profit groups, educators and
students of all ages to monitor the impacts
of climate change on plants and animals in
the United States. The network harnesses the
power of people and the Internet to collect
and share information, providing researchers
with far more data than they could collect
Information about becoming and being a
certified storm spotter for the National
Citizen Weather Observer Program (U.S.)
The Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP)
is a public-private partnership with three
main goals: 1) to collect weather data
contributed by citizens; 2) to make these
data available for weather services and
homeland security; and 3) to provide
feedback to the data contributors so that
they have the tools to check and improve
their data quality.
Project Bud Burst
A network of people across the United States
who monitor plants as the seasons change. A
national field campaign designed to engage
the public in the collection of important
ecological data based on the timing of
leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants.
Audubon Citizen Science
The famous, traditional bird count projects.
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