This interactive visualization from the NASA Earth Observatory website compares Arctic sea ice minimum extent from 1984 to that of 2012.

This video profiles the Arctic Inuit community of Sachs Harbour and its collaboration with scientists studying climate change. Changes in the land, sea, and animals are readily apparent to the residents of Sachs Harbourâmany of whom hunt, trap, and fishâbecause of their long-standing and intimate connection with their ecosystem. Scientists from a climate change study project interview the residents and record their observations. The scientists can use these firsthand accounts along with their own collected data to deepen their understanding of climate change in the polar region.

This activity introduces students to global climate patterns by having each student collect information about the climate in a particular region of the globe. After collecting information, students share data through posters in class and consider factors that lead to differences in climate in different parts of the world. Finally, students synthesize the information to see how climate varies around the world.

This is an interactive graph that involves records of ice cover in two Wisconsin lakes - Lake Mendota and Lake Monona - from 1855-2010.

This is a teaching activity in which students learn about the connection between CO2 emissionS, CO2 concentration, and average global temperatures. Through a simple online model, students learn about the relationship between these and learn about climate modeling while predicting temperature change over the 21st century.

This lab exercise is designed to provide a basic understanding of a real-world scientific investigation. Learners are introduced to the concept of tropospheric ozone as an air pollutant due to human activities and burning of fossil fuel energy. The activity uses, analyzes, and visualizes data to investigate this air pollution and climate change problem, determines the season in which it commonly occurs, and communicates the analysis to others in a standard scientific format.

Sankey (or Spaghetti) diagrams parse out the energy flow by state, based on 2008 data from the Dept. of Energy. These diagrams can help bring a local perspective to energy consumption. The estimates include rejected or lost energy but don't necessarily include losses at the ultimate user end that are due to lack of insulation.

This lesson focuses on the importance of ocean exploration as a way to learn how to capture, control, and distribute renewable ocean energy resources. Students begin by identifying ways the ocean can generate energy and then research one ocean energy source using the Internet. Finally, students build a Micro-Hydro Electric Generator.

Wednesday, March 23: 10:00 am Pacific | 11:00 am Mountain | 12:00 pm Central | 1:00 pm Eastern

This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear from geoscience faculty who connect the use of data and earth modeling to learning about the Earth in their courses. Becca Walker and Beth Pratt-Sitaula are the author and editor (respectively) of Ice Mass and Sea Level Changes, a UNAVCO-developed, geodesy-focused GETSI module that uses authentic geodetic data to introduce students to the scientific and societal aspects of sea level change. Kirsten Menking is the author of the InTeGrate module: Earth Modeling(coming live in the Fall) that develops students' qualitative and quantitative tools for constructing, experimenting with, and interpreting dynamic models of different components of the Earth system. The webinar will include presentations on specific teaching strategies/tools and will provide opportunities for discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences of using data to teach about societally important issues.

For more information on the series and to learn more about InTeGrate visit:

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene four climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators. Participants will hear from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts, and visit research facilities to explore foundational technologies and innovations in Earth-system research. This workshop in Seattle, Washington will focus on the region and topical impacts of climate change, with a goal of connecting educators and their students/audiences to the best-available, science-based information and resources about climate change.

Registration for the Seattle, Washington workshop is open, however there are attendance limits for the workshop, and we are advertising them nationally.  Availability will be on a first come first serve basis, so register early for your workshop. Participation in the workshops is free, but attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation, lodging and meals unless otherwise indicated in workshop details.  

All attendees will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the workshop as well as the number of professional development hours they have engaged in.  

Below are the location, dates, locations, and attendance limits for the upcoming workshop. Registration forms will be shut down when registration for that workshop has reached capacity. You will receive an email confirming your participation in the workshop. The capacity for this workshop is 40 Participants.

Important Note: If you are a foreign national and wish to attend the workshops in Seattle, WA you MUST send an email to the lead contact for that workshop: Lisa Hiruki-Raring,


Climate Education Workshop Detailed Information

Seattle, Washington

Dates & Times: Thursday and Friday, April 23rd and 24th, 2015. 8:30am - 5:00pm


Place: NOAA Western Regional Center, Building 9

7600 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115


Important Note: If you are a foreign national and wish to attend this workshop, you MUST note it in your registration and send an email to: Lisa Hiruki-Raring,



Lisa Hiruki-Raring,

Peg Steffen,

Molly Harrison,


Featured Presentations

  • Ocean Acidification - What We Know & How We Know It. 
  • The Past and Present Climate of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Climate Change Impacts on Ice-Associated Seals in Alaska 
  • Ways to Engage Audiences and Inspire Local Action to Address Ocean Acidification. 
  • Pacific Northwest Climate Change: Impacts and Implications. 
  • Western Water Resources, Climate, and Science. 
  • Salmon Flexibility Put to the Test by Climate Change. 


Featured Activities 

  • Fisheries and Ocean Acidification
  • Polar Detectives
  • Climate Change Impacts on Ice-Associated Seals.
  • Tours:

    • NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office
    • NOAA’s Marine Mammal Research Bone Collection
    • NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory’s Engineering Department


Notes - Workshop Costs, Food & Lodging:

  • There is no cost to attend this workshop.
  • Participants must make their own travel and overnight arrangements.
  • A nearby lodging option is The Silver Cloud Inn - University District ( 5036 25 Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Ph: 206.526.5200, 800.205.6940. If there are enough workshop participants staying at this hotel, there may be an option for free shuttle service to/from the NOAA Sand Point Campus.
  • Meals will not be provided, but there is an easily accessible cafeteria as well as vending machines on the NOAA Campus where the workshop will be held.


For questions concerning the workshop including location and program questions, contact the workshop lead: Lisa Hiruki-Raring,


This workshop is part of the White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative