In this worksheet-based activity, students review global visualizations of incoming sunlight and surface temperature and discuss seasonal change. Students use the visualizations to support inquiry on the differences in seasonal change in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and how land and water absorb and release heat differently. The activity culminates in an argument about why one hemisphere experiences warmer summers although it receives less total solar energy.

April 23, 2015 to April 24, 2015

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene a regional climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators in Seattle, Washington.

May 17, 2015 to May 18, 2015

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene a regional climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators in St. Petersburg Florida

June 25, 2015 to June 27, 2015

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene a regional climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators in Boulder Colorado

August 5, 2015

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene a regional climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators in Silver Spring, MD

March 9, 2015

Guest blogger Dennis Hartmann makes the case that warm waters in the western tropical Pacific—part of the North Pacific Mode climate pattern—are behind the weird U.S. winter weather of the past two seasons.

February 27, 2015

How do we verify forecasts that use probabilities? Read on to find out.

This is the first of nine lessons in the Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change website. This lesson is an introduction to Earth's climate and covers key principles regarding Earth's unique climate, atmosphere, and regional and temporal climate differences.

July 1, 2014

One of ENSO’s most important influences is to the Indian Monsoon—the large-scale circulation pattern that brings the Indian subcontinent the vast majority of its yearly rainfall. And while La Niñas tend to increase monsoon rainfall, the monsoon’s relationship with El Niño can be a little more complicated.  

This beautifully filmed and produced video describes the changes that global warming is already bringing to Northern Canada and Greenland. Local people describe changes to ecosystems, impacts on culture and life styles, and the challenges of melting permafrost. Ship captains describe changes in navigational channels and fjords. Scientists describe changes in albedo and permafrost, as well as increased pollution transported from outside the Arctic (the Grasshopper effect).

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