Informal education

Informal education

For education outside of a standard school setting

Research Data Archive at NCAR

NCAR's Research Data Archive (RDA)

NCAR's Research Data Archive is a general large-scale reference dataset archive, meaning that the datasets contained within it often cover global spatial scales and long-time temporal scales.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Research Tools, Computer Modeling, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: General public, Informal education, Higher education, Graduate/professional
Wildfires: It's Complicated!; Source: UCAR

Wildfires and Climate Change Attribution: It's Complicated!

Many wonder about the influence that climate change is having on extreme weather-related events. But attributing a particular event to climate change is exceedingly difficult, and that's particularly true with wildfires.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Mosquito

Human Health and Vector-Borne Disease Research at NCAR

This video is about Climate and Health, specifically vector-borne diseases, and the work of medical anthropologist Mary Hayden and meteorologist Andy Monaghan at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Health
Audience: General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education
Sun, Source: Exploratorium

Micronesia 2016 Total Eclipse

The Exploratorium traveled to the coral island of Woleai, in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles north of New Guinea, to bring you this astronomical event in real time.

Topic: Education & Training, Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
IPCC

In Harm's Way: the IPCC Discusses Extremes

What role does climate change play in altering the characteristics and impacts of extreme weather and climate events?

Topic: Education & Training, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Policy and Society
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
"Nothing can go wrong."

Graceful Failure, A Philosophy for Building Resilience

The Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP) is a program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research with a mission of working with decision makers internationally to ensure resilience planning for weather and climate extremes to

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
ORCAS 2016

The O2/N2 Ratio CO2 Airborne Southern Ocean Study 2016

The O2/N2 Ratio and CO2 Airborne Southern Ocean (ORCAS) Study is an NSF-sponsored airborne field campaign with research flights planned from Punta Arenas, Chile to investigate and quantify the Southern Ocean's role in the carbon cycle.
Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
ORCAS Field Campaign, Source: Parker St.

Southern Ocean Research Explained

Learn about the importance of the Southern Ocean in the global carbon cycle and in regulating our planet's temperature. Henry's Law is explained with everyday examples as well as a wee bit of humor. Enjoy and happy learning!

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Soils, Source: UN AFO

Soils: Our Ally Against Climate Change

A look at how our Soils help to combat climate change in their role of sequestering CO2, and how our collective habits can damage this benefit with potentially devastating consequences. FAO: http://www.fao.org
Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school

Ocean Acidification with Joanie Kleypas, from Earth Vision

NCAR scientist Joanie Kleypas explains ocean acidification, the lowering of the ocean's PH, in terms easy to understand.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Electrojet, Source: Discovery

Space Weather Produces Electrical Bermuda Triangle

The equatorial electrojet is a natural current about 60 miles above the surface of the Earth.
Topic: Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Sprite and thunderstorm from ISS, NASA

Red Sprites Above Central US and South America

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station shot this unusual photograph of a red sprite above the white light of an active thunderstorm.
Topic: Earth System, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Global electricity

At the Frontiers of Science: Earth's Global Electric Circuit Explained

We live inside Earth's "global electric circuit," sharing our atmosphere with sprites, elves, blue jets, and other electric phenomena.

Topic: Earth System, Computer Modeling
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Earth's Global Electric Circuitm Source: UCAR

Atmospheric Electricity – for K-8

While we have known since Benjamin Franklin's time that electricity exists in the atmosphere, scientists are just beginning to understand its connections & consequences.

Topic: Earth System, Computer Modeling
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school
DOW

Storm Chasing in a Doppler on Wheels

The Doppler on Wheels truck is packed with mobile technology designed to stand up to hurricanes and tornadoes.

Topic: Earth System, Weather Research, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Cloud in a Bottle

Convection: Cloud in a Bottle

At NCAR, we've been doing this experiment for years to visually demonstrate properties of convection!
Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school
Arctic - Water and Ice

Water and Ice

Earth's water and ice serve as harbingers of Earth's changing climate.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Drip Drop Dribblets

Drip Drop!

Chill out with Drip Drop & the Driplettes as they groove on glaciers, hop in the ocean, get soaked in the flood zone, dehydrate in the desert, and party with a polar bear. Complete with pop stars, puppets, and animation, Drip Drop!

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Oceans, Sun and Space Weather, Weather Research, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school
Colorado Water Ignite Presentation

Colorado Water: A Suess-like Story

Jeff Lukas (Western Water Assessment) presents the state of Colorado's water with rhyme Dr. Seuss would appreciate.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
The Nature of Science

The Nature of Science

Science – It's one way we make sense of the world around us. We observe, wonder, predict, gather data, test, and accumulate evidence.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school
Global surface temperature

The Scientific Process of Climate Change

Dr. Jerry Meehl, Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), discusses the indisputable evidence that our global temperature is indeed increasing, despite any perceived lulls in the data.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school
KEELING CURVE

The Keeling Curve – The Story of CO2

As the leading greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide is one of the atmosphere’s most closely watched ingredients.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, High school
Link to SciEd Climate Activities

SciEd Climate Activities

From activities about evidence of climate change, to inquiries into current and future impacts, and explorations of the role of energy use in current climate warming

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Middle school, High school
El Niño, Source: courtesy of NCAR VETS

El Niño and La Niña Visualizations from VETS

These images and animations capture visualizations of the 1982 and 1997 El Niños, two of the strongest El Niño events on record.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Oceans, Weather Research
Audience: Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Pacific Ocean

The "Almost" El Niño of 2014

2014 has been a fickle year for conditions that help scientists forecast El Niño events. But why do equatorial Pacific waters matter and what can they foretell?
Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
El Nino and La Nina Explained

Understanding El Niño and La Niña

This video demonstrates how La Niña and El Niño conditions develop in the equatorial Pacific Ocean as well as the corresponding changes in the atmosphere.
Topic: Education & Training, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Undergraduate (lower division)
El Nino Southern Oscilliation

ENSO: The History of One of the World's Best Known Teleconnections

What's a teleconnection, and how did we discover the best known teleconnections in the world - the ones from El Niño and La Niña? Bob Henson, from the Office of Communication, and Clara Deser, Sr.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
the Sun

Living "within" a Star

Rebecca Centeno Elliott shares the marvels of the Sun and the importance of understanding its turbulent nature, storms, and magnetism.

Topic: Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
climate communication training program

NNOCCI - Climate Communication for Informal Educators

Informal educators at museums, aquariums, and zoos are working collectively through the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) at the New England Aquarium to more effectively frame their climate change communication.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change
Audience: Informal education
Sun

Space Weather & the Space Weather Prediction Center

We rely on advanced technology for almost everything we do today. Satellite communications, GPS applications, and the electric power grid provide the backbone to our Nation’s economic vitality and national security.

Topic: Education & Training, Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Solar Research at NCAR

What's Hot? Solar Research at NCAR

At the National Center for Atmospheric Research, scientists are building new solar instruments for Hawaiian-based observatories that will greatly advance our knowledge of the Sun and space weather.
Topic: Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Coronal Mass Ejection

Solar Flare or Coronal Mass Ejection? What's the Difference?

Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and flares are both solar events, but they are not the same. This video shows the differences between the two by highlighting specific features of each.

Topic: Education & Training, Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Shirley Murillo, NOAA Meteorologist,on NOAA's P3 Orion's use in hurricane research

NOAA's P3 Aircraft for Hurricane Research

Shirley Murillo, NOAA Meteorologist, shares information about NOAA's P3 Orion aircraft and the its instrumentation for advancing hurricane research.

Topic: Weather Research, Data and Data Analysis, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
What We Know and Would Like to Know About Hurricanes

What We Would Like to Know About Hurricanes

In October 2013, Chris Davis, Sr. Scientist at NCAR and an expert on hurricane and atmospheric dynamics, gave a 5-minute lightning talk about what we know about Hurricanes and what we still need to find out for a general audience.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school

GLOBE Atmosphere Investigation

Students and scientists investigate the atmosphere through the collection of data using measurement protocols and using instruments that meet certain specifications in order to ensure that data are comparable.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Supercomputing and Tornado Data, Source: CISL, NCAR

Tornado Research: From Data to Computation

Science is a special way of learning about our world. Like detectives who use clues to figure out what happened in the past, scientists also use clues, or observations, to discover how the world works.

Topic: Weather Research, Research Tools
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school
Summertime Weather during Vortex2

Warm Weather Extremes - with Jeff Weber

Weather is always with us but as spring and summer roll around, its severity can rapidly accelerate.
Topic: Earth System, Weather Research, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Denver Air Quality Research with FRAPPE

FRAPPÉ: Researching Ground Level Ozone Animation

The purpose of this animation is to introduce students and other learners to ground level ozone and air quality research via this summer's FRAPPÉ field campaign.

Topic: Earth System, Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution, Health, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school
Discover AQ

NASA Discover AQ Campaign Comes to Colorado

NASA scientist Jim Crawford talks about DISCOVER-AQ, a NASA Earth Venture program funded mission, that stands for Deriving Information on Surface Conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality.

Topic: Earth System, Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Building a Model of PPBV of Surface Ozone

Building a Model of ppbv of Surface Ozone from GLOBE (secondary)

The purpose of this activity is to construct a model that will provide students with a visual representation of parts per billion by volume of surface ozone in the air.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: Informal education, Middle school, High school
NASA Discover AQ Field Campaign

NASA Discover AQ Field Campaign

DISCOVER-AQ is a four-year campaign to improve the use of satellites to monitor air quality for public health and environmental benefit. It will take place in Colorado in summer 2014.

Topic: Earth System, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
FAQs about the FRAPPE Field Campaign

FRAPPÉ Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions regarding the Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment –FRAPPÉ.

Topic: Education & Training, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
FRAPPE Field Campaign

The FRAPPÉ Field Campaign

The Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Éxperiment (FRAPPÉ) field campaign takes place in summer 2014 to advance our knowledge of tropospheric ozone and air pollution in the Colorado Front Range. 

Topic: Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Earth's Atmosphere

Explore the Atmosphere With the UCAR Center for Science Education (upper elementary, secondary)

Explore the atmosphere, learn about each layer, and reinforce learning through engaging atmospheric games and simulations.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Emergent Patterns of Climate Change

The Emergent Patterns of Climate Change

You can't understand climate change in pieces, says NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt. It's the whole, or it's nothing.
Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education
Climate Voices - promoting informed climate discussions

Climate Voices: Real Conversations about Climate Science

Climate voices connects climate scientists with neighbors and community organizations (and vice versa) to initiate discussions about the local effects of a changing climate and possible ways to address impacts.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability
Audience: General public, Informal education
Climate Attribution

In Depth: Weather on Steroids

When weather disasters happen, is climate change to blame? In this in depth collection from AtmosNews,  find out what scientists already know about weather extreme attribution and what they're working to nail down.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
3 African Women

Climate Change: A Social Perspective

NCAR social scientist Paty Romero-Lankao served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Policy and Society
Audience: General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
Facing the Future Climate and Sustainability Curricula

Facing the Future - Climate Change Curricula from a Societal and Sustainability Perspective

Nonprofit Facing the Future is an international leader whose mission is to create tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills,

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Energy and Sustainability, Health, Policy and Society
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
IPCC WG2 Introduction

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities

This video was created by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the Working Group II contributon to the Fifth Assessment Report 2014. The 10th Session of Working Group II (WGII-10) was held from 25 to 29 March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Oceans, Human Impacts, Health, Policy and Society
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Floods: Weathering Water's Extremes, Image Source: NOAA

Floods: Weathering Water's Extremes

Flood expert Matt Kelsch shares his expertise about the various types and causes of flooding, and what cities and towns can do to lessen their impact.

Topic: Earth System, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division)

100-, 500-, and 1000-Year Floods: What Do These Terms Mean?

NCAR hydrometeorologist Matt Kelsch suggests ways of looking at these statistical terms that help to accurately convey their meaning. 

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Computational and Information Systems Lab

CISL - Outreach

CISL is active in several outreach, mentoring, and professional development programs in addition to managing the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center.
Topic: Research Tools, Computer Modeling, Data and Data Analysis, Supercomputers
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
Winter Weather Reflections, Source: Eastburn

Winter Weather Reflections

Winter Weather Reflections takes you through a series of emotions and feelings that are common for many during our coldest season. What emotions and feelings do you identify with most?

Topic: Earth System
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school
Rescue Helicopter

Guiding Rescue Helicopters

For several years, NCAR has provided an experimental tool for helicopter rescue pilots who must decide quickly whether weather conditions are safe enough to attempt a low-altitude flight.

Topic: Transportation
Audience: General public, Informal education
Winter Roads

New Technology Targets Slick Winter Roads

In the annual battle to keep roads clear of snow and ice, snowplows are about to get much more intelligent.

Topic: Transportation, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
Wings & Winter: Aviation Decision Support at NCAR

Wings: Aviation Decision Support at NCAR

One of the areas of expertise at NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) is providing advanced weather technologies to support aviation.

Topic: Transportation, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school, Higher education

Digital Library for Earth System Education

DLESE supports Earth system science education by providing access to high-quality collections of educational resources from a distributed community involving educators, students, and scientists.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school, Higher education
UCARConnect

UCARConnect

UCARConnect offers topical and timely science features from NCAR and UCAR, a portal to education and training resources, real-time access to presentations and colloquia, and webinars that foster dialogue and connection across the atmospheric science com

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
UCAR Center for Science Education

UCAR Center for Science Education

The UCAR Center for Science Education helps to connect NCAR and UCAR science advances and innovations to the needs and priorities of diverse people by helping them to learn, understand, value, and apply science in their daily lives.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Middle school, High school, Higher education
IPCC AR5: Process, Projections, and Prediction image

Inside the IPCC Climate Science Assessments: From 1990 to 2013

A look into the creation of the IPCC climate assessments and how the effort and process that goes into them has evolved since the First Assessment Report in 1990.
Topic: Climate and Climate Change
Audience: General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education
Global Electric Circuit

Earth's Atmospheric Global Electric Circuit

The Global Electric Circuit describes how electricity naturally flows around the earth throughout the entire atmosphere.
Topic: Earth System, Sun and Space Weather, Energy and Sustainability, Computer Modeling, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school