Teaching Module: pH Scale, Ocean Chemistry and Impact of Ocean Acidification on Marine Life

A set of hands-on laboratory activities that uses the pH scale to understand the changes in ocean chemistry due to increased carbon dioxide emissions. This module shows that increased ocean acidification has adverse effects on marine organisms.

Video: Permafrost and Climate Change

A video that introduces permafrost and its distribution on Earth. The video also describes the changing nature of permafrost across several regions due to higher surface temperatures and the possible impact of permafrost thawing on Earth’s climate.

Teaching Module: Teacher Guide to Climate Change and Agriculture

A teaching module by Our Climate Our Future titled ‘Agriculture and Climate Change’ that discusses the impacts of climate change on agricultural crops and products. This resource can be used as an introduction to the topic by teachers interested in teaching about food security or agriculture. The teaching module includes a classroom/laboratory activity that is based on the National Climate Assessment report. 

Students will learn about the effects of climate change on agricultural produce in the U.S.A. Through discussions and interactive worksheets, they will also learn about food insecurity caused by climate change.  

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. How does climate change affect agriculture?
  2. How does climate change cause food insecurity?

About the Tool 

Tool NameAgriculture and Climate Change: Teacher Guide 
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Agriculture, Food Insecurity
Climate Topic Climate and Agriculture, Climate and Food Security 
Type of tool Teaching Module
Grade LevelHigh School
LocationNorth America, U.S.A
Developed byOur Climate Our Future
Hosted atOur Climate Our Future
Computer SkillsBasic

Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Ocean Chemistry, Ocean Acidification, and Oyster Growth

A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about the pH of ocean water, explore the potential effects of climate change on ocean acidification, and understand the possible impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms such as oysters.

Students will explore and analyze the relationship between the growth of oyster larvae and the chemistry of ocean water (aragonite saturation state) by plotting graphs for actual data from the Whiskey Creek Hatchery in Oregon, USA.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. If ocean water became more acidic, how might it affect oyster populations?
  2. What are the possible impacts of climate change on the chemistry of seawater?

About the Tool

Tool Name Ocean Acidification and Oysters Lab
Discipline Chemistry
Topic(s) in Discipline pH Scale, Acids and Bases, Acidification, Ocean Carbonate Chemistry, Seawater Chemistry, Aragonite Saturation State, Ocean Acidity
Climate Topic Climate and the Hydrosphere
Type of Tool Laboratory Activity
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location North America
Language English
Developed by Hilary Palevsky, UW Oceanography
Hosted at Program on Climate Change, College of the Environment, University of Washington
Link Link
Access Online, Offline
Computer Skills Intermediate

(Image credit: Program on Climate Change, College of the Environment, University of Washington)

Classroom Activity: Climate Change and Phenology in Plants (Flowering)

A classroom/ laboratory activity to learn about phenology and phenological events, and to understand the potential impacts of climate change on periodic life-cycle events in plants, specifically, on the bloom date of North American lilac shrubs.

How Yukon glaciers are responding to climate change

This audio podcast discusses how glaciers in the Yukon are responding to climate change. It focuses on changes in the physical characteristics of these glaciers and several methods used by glaciologists to track changes due to climate and weather.

Audio: Climate Change, Capitalism, and Communism in Arctic Communities

An audio podcast (Prof. Bathsheba Demuth interviewed by Prof. Dagomar Degroot) to learn about environmental and climate-related changes in the Arctic, the history of capitalism and communism across the Bering Strait, and the unique ecological characteristics and economic ideologies in the Arctic that would be of interest to environmental historians.

Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Survival Skills—Response of Organisms to Climate Change

A classroom/laboratory activity to analyze the distribution of beetle, mammal, and plant species (for datasets from North America) in the past (based on fossil records), determine whether the same species exist today, and compare the past and present geographic ranges and ecosystems of these species.

Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Squirrel Species Distribution and Climate Change

A classroom/laboratory activity to examine and analyze squirrel species distribution and habitat data (from the USA) over time, and to interpret the possible relationship between climate change and changes in biodiversity