Impacts of Colorado Climate Change: Today and Tomorrow

A workshop at the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Educators, Teaching Outside the Box Conference, May 1, 2011

Hands  holding Earth

Pine beetles, water resources, urban heat, snowpack and other factors are affected as global climate warms. How is our region changing? Are we experiencing more or less impacts than other regions, states, or countries? What sorts of changes may be in store for the future? This session will combine hands-on activities with science content exploring what we know about Earth’s climate, how climate change is causing environmental changes in Colorado, and how area scientists are continuing to research these ongoing impacts.

Learn more about the work of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and its Office of Education and Outreach as well as the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) at these sites:

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

NCAR Climate Resources

Office of Education and Outreach Visitor Center

Colorado Headwaters Project at NCAR

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

Project Budburst

A fact sheet on climate modeling can be found here.

Pine Bark Beetle Report

Newspaper Article regarding Climate Temperature Records (as discussed during workshop)


Activities and Resources:

CAEE Workshop participants

Links to Colorado Climate Information:

Western Water Assessment

Colorado Foundation for Water Education

Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University

Western Governors' Association

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CU's Learn More About Climate (including video on the Pine Bark Beetle)