Online Resources – Climate Change and Migration

Topic Key

Climate Adaption

Climate Change Concepts

Climate Migration

Indigenous Perspectives

Sea Level Rise

Interactive Tools

Carbon Footprint Calculator

"A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions.

The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world. Globally, the average is closer to 4 tons. To have the best chance of avoiding a 2℃ rise in global temperatures, the average global carbon footprint per year needs to drop under 2 tons by 2050."

Source: The Nature Conservancy

Climate Time Machine

"A series of visualizations showing how some of Earth's key climate indicators are changing over time." Includes interactive viewers for sea ice, sea level, carbon dioxide, and global temperature.

Source: NASA

Global Ice Viewer

"Explore the sentinels of climate change with this interactive global ice viewer." Includes interactive viewers for glaciers worldwide, Greenland and Iceland, the Arctic, and Antarctica.

Source: NASA

Risk Zone Map

"Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise strives to provide accurate, clear and granular information about sea level rise and coastal flood hazards both locally and globally, today and tomorrow. Anchored in rigorous primary research, our work distinguishes itself by its user-friendly maps and tools, extensive datasets, and high-quality visual presentation."

Source: Climate Central

Sea Level Rise Viewer

"Use this web mapping tool to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 10 feet above average high tides). Photo simulations of how future flooding might impact local landmarks are also provided, as well as data related to water depth, connectivity, flood frequency, socio-economic vulnerability, wetland loss and migration, and mapping confidence."

Source: NOAA Office of Coastal Management

The Very, Very Simple Climate Model

"You can use [this model] to explore how the rate of carbon dioxide emissions affects the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and Earth's climate. You can also explore scenarios for future climate using the model with more detailed instructions."

Source: UCAR Center for Science Education

Useful Websites

Alliance for Climate Education

A comprehensive website that includes videos, campaigns, and information for "Educating high school students about climate change and empowering them to lead on climate solutions."

Source: Alliance for Climate Education

Cards Against Calamity

"What would you do if your job was to manage a small coastal community besieged by job loss, irate voters, hurricanes, oil spills, and hipsters? Here’s a way to find out: boot up your laptop or tablet and check out the new “serious game,” Digital Cards Against Calamity. Cards Against Calamity is designed to be not only entertaining, but also educational by raising awareness of the issues surrounding coastal resilience, backed up by government data."

Source: Environmental Law Institute / OCTO

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

"The CLEAN Collection of Climate and Energy Educational Resources is a collection of 700+ free, ready-to-use learning resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists suitable for secondary through higher education classrooms."

Source: CLEAN

Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe Website

Visit the website of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe to learn more about their community, history, and Tribal-led resettlement plans.

Source: Isle de Jean Charles band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe

Precipitation Education: Weather and Climate

Use this website from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to learn more about the water cycle, weather and climate, technology, and societal applications of studying precipitation.

Source: NASA

"Sea Change" Online Quiz

Use this quiz from NASA to "test your knowledge of sea level and its relation to climate change and our quality of life."

Source: NASA Global Climate Change

States at Risk

"States at Risk is a project aimed at showing how Americans in all 50 states are experiencing the impacts of climate change. Our work focuses on five threats — extreme heat, drought, wildfires, coastal flooding and inland flooding — and the states most affected by these threats."

Source: Climate Central

Tribal Resilience Fact Sheet

Use this website to for an more in-depth exploration of the resources pertaining to tribal climate resilience from a government perspective.

Source: U.S. Department of the Interior

Community Science Projects

Fossil Atmospheres

"We want to create a record of how the atmosphere has changed through time by calculating the ratio of two different types of leaf cell (stomatal and epidermal) for many leaves, from the present and the geological past. We know that the composition of the Earth's atmosphere has changed over time, and that it is changing now. It is important for us to understand what effect climate change might have on life on our planet in the long term."

Source: Zooniverse



"ISeeChange is a global community that posts about what they notice changing in the environment using our platform and mobile tools. Each post is synced with weather and climate data and broadcast to the community to investigate bigger picture climate trends. Over time, community members can track how climate is changing, season to season, year to year, and understand the impacts on daily life."

Source: ISeeChange