Understanding Climate Change Today - Content Pages from Web-based Course

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We are making the content pages (text with images, videos, animations, and interactive multimedia) from those courses available on the Windows to the Universe web site. This will allow course graduates to access the materials after the course has ended, and will also allow them to provide their students with access to the course materials as they see fit.

This page provides links to the content pages from the course "Understanding Climate Change Today".

  1. Introduction to MOODLE
  2. Future Climates: Where Are We Heading?
    1. Climate Model "Test Drive"
    2. Where are we now? Climate "Today"
    3. The IPCC
    4. Climate Modeling
    5. Predictions of Future Global Climate
  3. Changes in Regional Weather & Urban Impacts
    1. Changes in Regional Weather & Climates
      1. Climate Change: Regional Impacts
      2. Modeling Future Climate on a Regional Scale
    2. Urban Impacts
      1. Population and Urbanization
      2. Urban Heat Islands
      3. Air Pollution
      4. Urban Rain (NASA Earth Observatory)
      5. Closing the Loop
  4. Impacts of Warming - Two Case Studies
    1. Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health
      1. Extreme Events and Health
      2. Climate Change and Vector-Borne Disease
      3. Changing Climate, Changing Water, and Human Health
    2. Impacts of Climate Change on Greenland Ice
      1. The Cryosphere and Global Climate Change
      2. Greenland's Ice Is Melting Faster
      3. Activity: Model a Moving Glacier
      4. Activity: Glaciers Then and Now
  5. Impact on Environments - Two Topics
    1. Impacts of Changing Climates on Plants
      1. What is Phenology?
      2. Phenology and Climate Change
      3. Project BudBurst
    2. Health of Coral Reef Ecosystems in a Changing World
      1. Coral Reefs on a Changing Planet
      2. Coral Reefs in Acidic Ocean Water
      3. Reefs in Hot Water - Coral Bleaching and Climate Change
      4. Natural Ocean Thermostat Helps Protect Pacific Ocean Coral Reefs
      5. Reef Health Depends on Algae Chomping Fish
  6. Mitigating the Impacts of Changing Climates: What Can We Do?
    1. Mitigating the Impacts of Changing Climates
      1. Climate Change Mitigation
      2. What Can We Do?
      3. Carbon Capture and Storage
      4. What Can I Do?
    2. Case Study: Stabilization Wedges
      1. Stabilization Wedges Web site (Princeton)
Last modified May 21, 2008 by Dennis Ward.

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