Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Malaria and Climate Change

A classroom/laboratory activity to establish the potential link between the geographic distribution of malaria and increasing temperature caused by climate change.

Students will use maps and temperature data sheets to determine the locations where malaria is known to occur and the temperature ranges in these locations. Further, they will discuss and explore the potential impact of climate change and the resulting change in temperature on the geographic distribution of malaria.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the factors that influence the distribution and spread of malaria?
  2. How could a change in the average global temperature affect the geographic distribution of malaria?

About the Tool

Tool Name Beyond the byte: Mosquitoes and Malaria
Discipline Biological Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Malaria, Plasmodium, Protozoa, Vector-borne Diseases, Climate Change and the Spread of Malaria, Epidemiology
Climate Topic Climate and Health
Type of Tool Laboratory Activity
Grade Level High School
Location North America
USA, Caribbean countries
Language English
Developed by Authored by:
Carl W. Bollwinkel, in collaboration with Barbara A.
Bonnett, Rosalie J. Cochran, Center for Energy and
Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa,
Cedar Falls, IA; and Craig Zoellner, North Iowa Area
Community College, Cedar Falls, IA.
Prepared in 2002 by:
Stacey Rudolph, Senior Science Education Specialist,
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES),
Arlington, VA.
Graphic Design by Susie Duckworth.
Updated March 2008:
Theresa Schwerin, Associate Director, Education, IGES.
Hosted at Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Access Online; Offline
Computer Skills Basic


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