Educational Resources

The CPO CommEd team supports and contributes to the development of a wide range of projects, products, and partnerships designed to promote public climate literacy.  Information about these resources, and where to go to learn more about them, is summarized below.

Ten Signs of a Warming World

Click the image above to access an interactive Web page that describes the details of ten key climate indicators.

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

CLEAN, the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway, was launched in November 2010 as a new National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It is led by the science education expertise of TERC, CIRES, NOAA, and SERC. CLEAN builds on the efforts of the Climate Literacy Network and the establishment of the Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Science.

Science On A Sphere

Science On a Sphere® is a large visualization system that uses computers and video projectors to display animated data onto the outside of a sphere. Said another way, SOS is an animated globe that can show dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet. NOAA primarily uses SOS as an education and outreach tool to describe the environmental processes of Earth.

Interactive Earth

Interactive Earth (IE) is an educational geobrowser developed by World Link Media with some support from the NOAA CPO CommEd Program. Based on NASA's WorldWind technology, IE is a virtual 3-D global that allows users to fly around the Earth to selected destinations, to zoom in to see locations in high-resolution, and to load maps and time series animations showing weather and climate data.  IE also allows users to quantitatively explore our world by probing data values, measuring distances, and using other data graphing function.


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Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.