CHANGE Viewer Resources

Geospatial Climate Interactive Tools

Geospatial Climate Education Resources

CHANGE Viewer Metadata

Geospatial Climate Data Resources


CHANGE Viewer Resources:

The Climate and Health ANalysis for Global Education Viewer (CHANGE Viewer) was built using NASA World Wind, an open source, 3-D geo-visualization tool. CHANGE Viewer allows the exploration of climate science, human and socio-economic datasets made available through the Data Library and Activity Tab.  These activities are designed by IAGT and CIESIN with help and feedback from high school science teachers. While the activities are designed to meet the education standards for High School Students, they can be adapted for use in all classrooms.

User’s Manual

Quick Guide CHANGE Viewer Tips

Understanding Climate Model Scenarios

Climate Change and Human Health Activities


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Geospatial Climate Interactive Tools:

The use of geospatial technologies enables patterns to become visible that would otherwise not be seen though just the use of charts, graphs and text. Combining geospatial visualization technologies with climate science data, we can see what areas of the Earth will see and increase or decrease in precipitation, what areas will see an increase in the frequency of cyclones, or the expansion of suitable habitats for disease carrying insects.  These interactive tools take advantage of geospatial visualization technologies as an enhanced learning mechanism to provide a more intuitive and deeper understanding of the climate science and the impact on humans across the Earth.

Global Climate Change: NASA – NASA Global Climate Change Vital Signs of the Planet Interactive Portal

NOAA: Global Science Investigator  – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Services Center (PSC) has developed the Visual Information Services, a targeted suite of education and outreach products aimed at increasing environmental understanding and awareness with a focus on the Pacific region.


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Geospatial Climate Education Resources:

It is widely known that climate change will not impact our Earth at the same rate nor will it affect all humans to the same degree. Certain regions of our Earth that are densely populated by humans will see significant impact from a changing climate, other regions might see the same impact, but not have the same population density. The spatial distribution of humans is important when discussing climate science and global climate change. One question continues to be asked when we are exposed to climate predictions is: “Who will be impacted by these predicted climate changes?”  These organizations provide educators with the ability to investigate a variety of climate science and climate change datasets and activities showing the potential impact on humans.

NICE: NASA Innovations in Climate Education - NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) funds projects that serve K-12 and undergraduate students and teachers to improve the quality of the nation's STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and to ensure the future diversity of a well-prepared workforce in STEM fields.

Teaching About Global Climate Change - Teaching About Global Climate Change provides free, online professional development modules for geography and social studies teachers at middle and high school levels from the Association of American Geographers. The modules provide information and materials for teachers who are preparing to teach about global climate change.

CLEAN - The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) project, a part of the National Science Digital Library, provides a reviewed collection of resources coupled with the tools to enable an online community to share and discuss teaching about climate and energy science.  

CIESIN Educational Resources -  CIESIN provides a wide variety of online resources, including mapping tools, for K–12 teachers and students, college classrooms, and graduate-level education and research.

Climate Literacy Network - The Climate Literacy Network has been responsible for the development of the Climate Science Literacy Essential Principles which summarize the most important principles and concepts of climate science. The principles were originally developed in 2007 using a community-wide consensus building process and were revised in March 2009.

ESSEA: Earth System Science Education Alliance - NASA support for ESSEA under the Global Climate Change Education (GCCE) program is enabling IGES to develop shared educational resources – including modules and courses – that are based on NASA climate science and data.  The NASA GCCE ESSEA modules are designed for teachers who are taking ESSEA courses. Teachers can also use the GCCE ESSEA course modules with their students. Print them out, or have your students read them online. They have situations, connections to the standards, resources and sample investigations. 

National Center for Science Education – NCSE provides information and advice as the premier institution dedicated to keeping evolution and climate change in the science classroom and to keep out creationism and climate change denial. 

CReSIS - The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) is a Science and Technology Center established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2005, with the mission of developing new technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response of sea level change to the mass balance of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.  

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CHANGE Viewer Metadata (Information): Metadata provides information about the data; such as purpose of the data, time and date of creation, creator or author of data and in some instances, and the standards used to create the data. These links provide detailed information about the data used in the CHANGE Viewer.

Data Information Table - Table provides information about layers used for each of the activities

Climate Research Unit – Climate 1 Stop - The observation data described below are for the base period of 1901-2002, data derived from observations are for the base period of 1961 to 1990. The data are either direct or derivative measurements taken from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) database of monthly climate observations from meteorological stations and interpolated onto a ½ degree grid covering the global land surface. This dataset is known as CRU TS 2.1 and is publicly available from Climatic Research Unit.

ESI 2005 data layers found under the Data Library SEDAC Tab.  A collaboration between CIESIN, the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, the World Economic Forum and the European Community's Joint Research Centre. The report provides sustainability measures for 146 countries, and includes detailed sections on analysis and methodology, as well as country reports and data tables. The Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI)is a composite index tracking a diverse set of socioeconomic, environmental, and institutional indicators that characterize and influence environmental sustainability at the national scale.  2005 Environmental Sustainability Index Metadata PDF

EPI 2010 data layers found under the Data Library SEDAC Tab.  The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), produced every two years since 2006 by researchers at CIESIN and Yale University’s Center for Environmental Law and Policy, is based on twenty-five indicators grouped within ten core policy categories—including environmental health, air quality, water resource management, biodiversity and habitat, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and climate change—in the context of two objectives: environmental health and ecosystem vitality. The EPI’s proximity-to-target approach, in which each country’s performance is measured against clearly defined targets, enables comparisons among countries with very different characteristics. 2010 Environmental Performance Index 2010 Metadata PDF

GPWv3 and GRUMPv1 - Gridded Population of the World, version 3 (GPWv3) and the Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project, version 1 (GRUMPv1) are two gridded global population maps produced using different methods at different spatial resolutions. GRUMPv1 also provides an urban extents grid and a map of settlements with populations greater than 5,000 persons.  GPWv3 depicts the distribution of human population across the globe. GRUMPv1 builds on GPWv3 by incorporating urban and rural information, allowing new insights into urban population distribution and the global extents of human settlements. GPWv3 and GRUMPv1 provide globally consistent and spatially explicit human population information and data for use in research, policy making, and communications.  Fact sheets are available for Gridded Population of the World (GPW) and Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP).


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Geospatial Climate Data Resources:

The Global Climate Change and Human Health project was developed from existing collaborations and missions of both the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).  CIESIN is host to NASA’s Socioeconomic Data Application Center (SEDAC), an information gateway to socioeconomic and earth science data.

CIESIN - The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.

SEDAC - The Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, is one of the Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) in the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. SEDAC focuses on human interactions in the environment. Its mission is to develop and operate applications that support the integration of socioeconomic and Earth science data and to serve as an "Information Gateway" between the Earth and social sciences.

Climate1 Stop - The Climate 1-Stop provides a single location to access proven climate change tools, resources and information. With a primary focus on adaptation, with clear linkages to mitigation and finance, the Climate 1-Stop facilitates those working with the world's most vulnerable to achieve robust decision making.

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