NASA/UWHS Climate Science

Climate Science, Change and Impacts for Introductory Undergraduate Science Classrooms


  • Simple Climate Model using Excel
  • Exploring Historical Temperature Records
  • NASA MERRA Circulation Model
  • Understanding Paleoproxies using Ice Cores-two versions are available.
  • Terrarium Model of Earths' Energy Balance
  • Exploring the Biological Pump with primary literature and social media
  • Explore Scientific Evidence for Anthropogenic Climate Change from IPCC reports
  • ENSO (El Nino/Southern Oscillation) Investigation
  • From Isotopes to Temperature, & Influences of Orbital Forcing on Ice Records
  • Understanding the impact of Ocean Acidification on Oysters using published data
  • "Glaciology and Erosion" OR The Glacial History of Puget Sound as seen through high-resolution data of local topography using Google Earth NEW!

  • Featured Lab: Rain on Snow Flooding

    Students learn what causes rain-on-snow floods while considering the earth's energy balance, and utilize an excel model to investigate how these events might change in the future.

    VIDEO: Rain on Snow Flooding Energy Balance (YouTube)

    Rain-on-Snow Flooding: Presentation, Lab and other teaching materials.

    Video's featuring Scientists

  • More Than Scientists: Climate scientists, many from UW, and producer Eric Michelman urge all to unite in solving the climate problem.
  • "Why do you study the ocean?" Clips from interviews of scientists on a Schmidt Ocean Institute Cruise
  • "Rain on Snow Energy Balance" Briefing
  • PCC Climate Scientist Interviews

  • What drives scientists?
  • Comparing satellite measurements to climate model data
  • Determining past climate changes using Antarctic ice cores
  • Changes in the southern ocean circulation
  • Relating atmospheric chemistry to wildfires
  • Interactions between nutrients and photosynthetic organisms in the upper ocean
  • Observing large climate changes of past and future excluding changes in temperature
  • CO2 absorption from the atmosphere
  • Why it rains and where it rains
  • The affect of pollution on clouds in the southeast Pacific


    April 28, 2015
    The 2015 WaterWorks environmental engineering workshop program is looking for Seattle-area high school science teachers and 11th-12th grade students. Each workshop is a week long (one for teachers and one for students) and are designed to introduce participants to various aspects of water supply and treatment through a mix of labs, lectures, and field trips. For more information please and to apply go to:

    February 19, 2015
    UW Climate Change Video Contest- The University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences wants to know: What does climate change mean to you? Students were required to create a video in three minutes or less to show the world how they feel about climate change. There were prizes for the 1st and 2nd place winners from the High School and Undergraduate submissions. For more information and to view the submitted videos go to:

    Science Content Presentations

  • Paleoclimate Proxies and ENSO Presentation (Gambs)
  • Introduction to the Biological Pump (Heal)
  • From Isotopes to Temperature: Using Ice Core Data (Schoenemann)

  • Other Opportunities and Resources

  • 2013 National Climate Assessment
  • WA State Science Standards (EARLS with links to content standards)
  • Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
  • Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College (SERC Carleton)
  • Climate Change Curriculum Developed at Stanford University
  • Skeptical Science: Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism
  • CAMEL Climate Change Education
  • Visiting Geoscientists: An Outreach Guide for Geoscience Professionals