For schools and the public

For Schools:

CliMathNet has developed a set of teaching resources under the name mathMETics, and a series of Youtube videos have been developed. 

MathMETics

MathMETics allows pupils to gain an insight into how mathematics is applied to understand the climate and predict the weather.  Pupils can have a go at collecting weather data and running a climate model for themselves and think about how the information can be used.  The mathMETics website provides resources developed by a team of mathematicians at the Universities of Exeter and Bath in collaboration with the Met Office. The resources explain how to collect and record data, how to verify collected data against Met Office forecasts and gives an insight into the use of mathematics and statistics in weather and climate forecasting.

The lesson plans are designed to be run over one week (for example over the National Science and Engineering week 2014). The resources aimed to provide three lessons for mathematics students in years 9 and 12, and resources include background information for teachers (to support data collection and interpretation) along with a number of worksheets and solutions for teachers.

 

Youtube

Crash Course Cryosphere videos -

Crash Course Cryosphere is a series that bridges the gap between A level and university, using experiments, lectures, and interviews to educate people about the science of ice, and the history of polar exploration. Over ten episodes shot at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, the science of how ice forms, glaciers flow, and the poles influence the climate are covered by YouTuber Simon Clark and glaciologist Dr Tom Dowling.

Climate Tipping Points -

Tipping points in the Earth’s climate system, for example the slow-down of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation, ice-sheet collapse, and Arctic sea-ice loss, are a growing concern that is receiving increasing attention from scientists and the public.

In this project we will be hosting conversations about climate tipping points at a series of stalls, public discussions, and online during October and November 2016, focusing on how they happen, why they’re important to our lives, and how researchers are trying to understand and predict them.

This website provides further information about understanding climate tipping points.

 

Other material and information that may be useful for schools are listed below:

 

For others interested in the role of mathametics and statistics in climate science, please see these interesting links: