Climate Change Science and Modeling

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Climate Change Science and Modeling: What You Need to Know gives a brief overview of the climate system, greenhouse gases, climate models, current climate change impacts, and future projections. There is a 14-question activity at the end of the module, and users who complete the activity will receive a printable certificate with their name and the date completed. The expected time commitment for this module is about 20 minutes, plus the activity and time spent exploring the many outward links and interactive features at the user's discretion.

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Learning Objectives

By the end of Climate Change Science and Modeling, users should know:

  • The three adaptation options: resistance, resilience, and transition
  • Main greenhouse gases contributing to climate change
  • How the greenhouse effect works
  • The flow of carbon through the carbon cycle
  • Examples of climate change impacts by region
  • The components of climate models and the uncertainty associated with models
  • Emissions scenarios storylines and representative concentration pathways
  • Examples of projected future climate impacts
The Climate Change Science and Modeling activity will help users gain an understanding of:
  • Historic temperature changes in their region
  • Projected temperature changes by mid-century and the end of the century for their region
  • Current and projected impacts in their region
  • General differences between high and low emissions scenario projections



The first education module, Climate Change Science and Modeling: What You Need to Know, is available on a hard-copy CD-ROM. To order a CD copy of the module, please email 

pnw_pnwpubs@fs.fed.us or fill out the Pacific Northwest Research Station online Publication Request Form and ask for PNW-GTR-902. Anyone is welcome to order copies.


Background on the Modules

Three comprehensive education modules have been created using curriculum developed by the Forest Service. Learn about the intended purpose of the modules.

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