One of the most authoritative sites on climate change. Run by a group of working climate scientists, who post comments on current issues in climate change/global warming. As a blog it can initially seem a little chaotic, but there are lots of great resources for scientists and students, as well as an active group of commentators.
One of the regular features of the site is the monthly “Unforced Variations” open thread where a free discussion on any topic is encouraged. It is also contains an introduction to the science, a wiki that seeks to debunk the myths of climate change in the media, a resource of raw and processed data, and a categorised index of the topics discussed on the blog
Funded by the UK Government the Met Office have been forecasting the weather since the nineteenth century. It’s pages on climate change form part of a bigger resource for businesses, educators and the public. The site includes some great images and videos as well as clear, simple explanations of the underlying concepts. It clearly explains what climate is, how our climate has changed, and what the future may hold. One of the recent interactive resources is a Google Earth layer allowing the exploration of the next 100 years with a 4°C change
With a deliberately ambiguous name, this site applies proper scientific scepticism to over 150 arguments against man-made global warming. It includes a rebuttal of the most common climate myths (which is also available as a phone/tablet App for those ‘down the pub/back of a taxi’ conversations). The Resources section includes rebuttals of myths repeated by politicians and sceptics, a temperature change calculator using land, ocean or satellite datasets, and a glossary of climate terminology and acronyms.
The United States’ National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Data Center provide information that is useful for keeping up to date with what is happening to the climate right now. It’s a bit US-centric, but also has lots of global information
A resource by C3W researcher Kelvin Mason for those studying and affected by flooding in Wales. Whilst such events aren’t always connected to changes in climate, the blog seeks to provide explanation for flooding, and provide a forum for those affected to discuss their experience.
A BBC programme (clips available) with Dr Hannah Fry, Prof Norman Fenton and Prof David Spiegelhalter explaining simply how scientists came up with the three important numbers behind the science of our changing climate. Explains “How do you know the temperature of the atmosphere without measuring it?“, “How can the IPCC say that humans are the main cause of recent global warming?” and “How the ‘Monte Carlo’ card game method can be used to predict the likelihood of future events“.
2. The IPCC
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. Established by the United Nations in 1988 it consists of thousands of scientists voluntarily contributing to the work of the panel, reviewing and assessing the most recent scientific research. One of the main activities of the IPCC is to synthesis current research into a comprehensive assessment report to inform international and national policy makers on the causes, and impacts of climate change, whilst suggesting response strategies.
This page is a policy resource including a link to The Royal Society’s most recent guide on the subject. This report deals particularly with the degree of certainty in the current evidence. It also provides details of the Society’s past reports & statements, as well as recordings from past workshops & lectures.
This is an excellent blog, especially during the Arctic melting season. It enables you to keep track in real time on how fast the Arctic sea ice is melting compared to previous years. You can compare satellite images and see the effect melting and current changes on the Arctic channels. You can also view a plethora of plotted and graphed data covering daily, regional and long term changes.
Provides a brief introduction to the topic, explaining what the impact on Welsh climate will be in future years. It also details what Government policy is being developed to address and mitigate against these changes. It introduces the role of the Climate Change Commission for Wales (CCCW) : Cynnal Cymru
A lovely introduction to the topic of glaciers (specifically those of the Antarctic) by Aberystwyth lecturer Bethan Davies. Lots of great images and newsy items, as well as readable accounts of the research undertaken.
If you know of other quality climate science resources that ought to be on this list, please add a comment below, telling us what, where and why you find it useful.