Resources for Teachers

College: Global Change

Climate Change

USGS Climate and Land Use Change- Background Information
Extensive list of links to information on USGS climate change activities, publications, news, FAQs, Podcasts, and more.

Gas Hydrates and Climate Warming- Backgroud Information
A brief primer on methane hydrates and the relationship between gas hydrates and climate change. Also watch a 7 minute video about gas hydrates.

USA National Phenology Network- Backgroud Information
A partnership that brings together citizen scientists, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators, and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States. The Web site provides training and resource materials plus opportunities to contribute as an individual or group.

USGS News and Information on El Niño- Backgroud Information
The term El Niño refers to a warm ocean current that typically appears around December and lasts for several months, but may persist into May or June. This Web site gives a general overview of the science of El Niño, and provides links to resources that discuss the impact of El Niño on floods, landslides, coastal hazards, and climate along with other information.

Investigating Climate Change of Western North America- Backgroud Information
A USGS fact sheet that discusses how the California Current in the Pacific Ocean drives the climate of the western United States.

USGS Geologic Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Website- Backgroud Information
Overview, research, data, and related links.

Geologic Carbon Sequestration- Backgroud Information
Looking for a simple explanation of geologic carbon sequestration? This two-page fact sheet discusses the major concepts and provides an excellent diagram.

Carbon Sequestration to Mitigate Climate Change- Backgroud Information
Carbon sequestration is a process by which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere or diverted from emission sources and stored in the ocean, vegetation, soils, and geologic formations. Learn the basics in this four-page fact sheet.

Melting Glaciers: Before and After Photographs- Photos
The USGS Repeat Photography Project for Glacier National Park pairs historic images of glaciers with striking contemporary photos to give global warming a face and make climate change a relevant issue.

Greenhouse Gases- Activity
Students observe and contrast thermal properties of three major greenhouse changes over time for dry air, water saturated air, carbon dioxide, and methane.