Game: Resource Management for Improving the Climate Resilience of Cities

A game to learn about the planning and management of resources in order to improve the resilience of cities to climate change-related events such as heat waves, ocean acidification, hurricanes, and sea-level rise.

Has Humanity Pushed Earth into a New Geological Epoch: the “Anthropocene?”

In this audio podcast from the Climate History Podcast, “Professor Dagomar Degroot interviews Professor John McNeill (Georgetown University) about the Anthropocene: the proposed geological epoch in which Earth’s environment is most profoundly shaped by humanity.”

Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges

This reading resource can be used by educators teaching Psychology or Social Sciences to show the psychological dimensions of climate change. It contains six sections that include

Teaching Module: The Impact of ENSO and Human Activities on River Hydrology (a case study of the Huanghe River)

A teaching module to learn about the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) by performing calculations and analyzing results for Tahiti and Darwin (Australia), and for the Huanghe River in China.

UNESCO Short Course: Climate Change in the Classroom

This is a UNESCO course for secondary teachers on climate change education for sustainable development. As mentioned by UNESCO, this six day course supports teacher education institutions to introduce climate change education into their pre-service and in-service training programme. The course is designed to give teachers confidence in facilitating climate change education for sustainable development across the curriculum and inside and outside the classroom. The course suggests that the teaching of climate change should go beyond the science classroom. It proposes a pedagogical framework, exercises, regional resource and facilitation guidelines to teacher educators.

Video: The Earth System and Climate

A video lecture by Raghu Murtugudde, University of Maryland for TROP ICSU titled ‘ The Earth System and Climate’ that provides an overview of the Earth’s system and its climate. This video discusses different aspects of the Earth’s system and how they determine Earth’s climate. These include 

  1. Sun
  2. Volcanoes
  3. Stratospheric chemistry/dynamics
  4. Atmospheric physics/dynamics
  5. Ocean dynamics
  6. Terrestrial Energy/ Moisture
  7. Global Moisture
  8. Marine Biogeochemistry 
  9. Terrestrial Ecosystems
  10. Soil 
  11. Tropospheric Chemistry 
  12. CO2 
  13. Land Use
  14. Human Activities  
  15. Pollutants

Students will understand the Earth system. They will also understand the various factors that determine the climate of planet Earth. They will also learn about natural variability of the Earth’s climate and the role of human activities  in climate change. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the different components of the Earth System and what is their role in determining the climate of the planet?
  2. What is the contribution of human activity to global warming?

About the Tool

Tool NameThe Earth System and Climate
DisciplineEarth Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Earth System
Climate TopicClimate Literacy; Introduction to Climate Change
Type of toolVideo/Microlecture (13 mins and 32 secs)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
Developed byRaghu Murtugudde
Hosted atYouTube
Computer SkillsBasic

E-learning Course: Understanding and Addressing Climate-related Challenges from China’s Perspective

An e-learning course to understand the science of climate change, climate change-related challenges, and opportunities/solutions to address these challenges for the world, in general, and for China, in particular.