This site lets you explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere,
the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms
in all these domains. Learn more about the ways scientists study
these natural phenomena and how they interact with climate change.
and Climate Basics
What's the difference between weather and climate? How are they
related? Find out on this National Center for Atmospheric Research
Investigate the last 100,000 years of climate. Learn about the different
forces that have shaped it and the techniques scientists use to
find out what happened.
This WHOI page has a number of articles about abrupt climate change
and the ocean's possible role, some written by the scientists featured
in "Hot Planet Cold Comfort." Also read a scientific assessment
of Hollywood's "The Day After Tomorrow."
Check out the website for this radio documentary that focuses on
climate change. Topics include the information locked in ice cores,
what's happening with the ocean conveyor, and whether anything can
be done to affect the way the climate's headed.
Learn more about the 'sea's greatest river' and see a map that diagrams
its flow past North America.
of Ocean Water
Simple physics explains why saltwater has a particular density.
Learn more about the factors that influence density.
Flooding From Ancient Lake May Have Triggered Cold Period
New WHOI research suggests that 13,400 years ago, a huge glacial
lake burst through its dam and added huge amounts of fresh water
to the North Atlantic. Scientists say this event could have triggered
a cooling period in the climate.
Reveals Increased River Discharge to Arctic Ocean
Dig into the specifics of research MBL scientists have done examining
the increased levels of freshwater that are flowing from Russian
rivers into the Arctic Ocean.
Ice and Permafrost Group
This is the University of Alaska Fairbanks home to Keith Echelmeyer,
By Valentine and Anthony Arendt, the scientists carrying out the
airborne laser altimetry measurements of glaciers. Check out more
about these projects and others their colleagues are working on.
Learn more about the technique scientists use to measure exact heights
using laser altimeters and GPS.
This remote lodge in the Wrangell Mountains is the base camp for
the flights that use laser altimetry to measure glaciers.
Little Ice Age
This article discusses the LIA and glacier movement throughout the
world during this time, as well as possible factors that led to
Little Ice Age in Europe
This article explores how colder temperatures affected agriculture,
human health, the economy and social stability during the Little
the Ocean Floor
Tag along on a research cruise and see how scientists obtain their
deep sea sediment cores.
the Paleoclimate Record
WHOI page explains how the fossil record helps scientists piece
together what the ancient climate was like.
Cores Unlock Climate Secrets
Read a BBC article about a 3km long ice core that reveals climate
data going back 740,000 years.
Learn more about the moored buoys WHOI scientists use to collect
data on the Gulf Stream.
News and information about The Nature Conservancy's Global Climate