E-learning Course: The Earth’s Climate

An e-learning course to learn about the Earth’s climate system, climate change in the past and present, the impact of climate change, and measures for adaptation and mitigation.

Students will understand the Earth’s climate system, the feedback cycles and circulation systems that influence climate, the impact of climate change on important resources and ecosystems, and actions for adapting to and mitigating climate change.

Use this tool to help your students learn about the Earth’s climate from the following course modules:

Module 1: Past Episodes of Climate Change

Module 2: Recent Climate Change

Module 3: Earth’s Climate System

Module 4: Introduction to General Circulation Models

Module 5: Global Carbon Cycle

Module 6: Ocean Circulation and its Impact on Climate

Module 7: Ocean Acidification, Red Tides, and Monster Jellyfish

Module 8: Water Resources and Climate Change

Module 9: Climate Change and Food Supply

Module 10: Rising Seas

Module 11: Terrestrial Ecosystems in Peril

Module 12: Adaptation and Mitigation

About the Tool

Tool NameEarth in the Future
DisciplineEarth Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview; Introduction to Climate Change
Climate TopicPlanetary Climate; Introduction to Climate Change; Climate Literacy
Type of ToolE- learning course 
Grade LevelUndergraduate
Developed byTimothy Bralower and David Bice
Hosted atThe Pennsylvania State University
Computer SkillsIntermediate
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