MCP Basic Science Resources

(updated 2/10/19)


Homework from Session 1 for Session 2:

Watch three and a half minute video of Greta Thunberg, 15-year old Swedish student speaking at the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference of the Parties 24, in Poland (December 2018).


Berkeley Earth –  a good source for global climate data and interpretations

How humans disrupted a cycle essential to all life. This is the one thing you need to understand before thinking about our options to fight climate change. By 

How Global Warming Works (5 videos explain how global warming (related to climate change) works in as few as 52 seconds.)

A Brief History of CO2 Emissions (vimeo; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 2017)

State of the Climate In 2017. Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Vol. 99, No. 8, August 2018.

Complete IPCC 2013 Working Group I -Physical Basis (large file)

National Climate Assessment Report (2014) Climate Change Impacts in the US (Pacific Northwest)

Fourth Oregon Climate Assessment Report: State of climate science (2019) Oregon Climate Research Institute

Oregon Climate Assessment Report (2nd report on page) (2010)

Jackson County Climate Trends and Projections

National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV) from USGS. Look up climate trends and projections for any county in contiguous US. Tutorial .pdf included.

Skeptical Science (a good source for responses to climate denier claims)

Pictorial timeline to counter the rubric “climate is always changing”!

Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions. A New York Times set of responses to common questions, accurate, but a little vague on occasions.

Melting Permafrost Emits More Methane Than Scientists Thought

Looking for signs of global warming? They’re all around you

Climate Change has become too hot to handle

Allergies, glaciers, and pikas: climate change in action

Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions. 

Links to resources organized by Key Question

Key Question 1.What is the difference between climate and weather?

Weather & Climate Basics: What Is the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

Climate Change 2013: Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis

Key Question 2. What is the current scientific understanding of anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming and climate change?

GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP)

Fundamentals of Environmental Measurements – Solar Radiation & Photosynthetically Active Radiation

Spectrum of Solar Radiance

Four Climate Change Facts To Keep the Senate Up All Night

Where is Global Warming Going?

IPCC Working Group I: Summary for Policymakers

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere reach new record

Key Question 3. What are the major contributors to global warming?

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

EPA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks

Key Question 4. What are the regional climate trends and projections?

Renewable Energy Assessment for Jackson & Josephine Counties, Oregon

Southern Oregon Regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory

City of Ashland Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report

IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007 – Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis

When will the Arctic be ice-free in the summer? Maybe four years. Or 40.

The Copenhagen Diagnosis, 2009: Updating the World on the Latest Climate Science

Open Mind: Models

USGS  Climate Research and Development Program. National Climate Change Viewer

Projected Heatwaves

Precipitation change

Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. 2009 p. 32

101 Blistering Future Summers