Video Introductions to the Toolbox
Several recent presentations on the Climate Toolbox were made at virtual conferences in 2021. These range from 5-minute lightning presentations to 20-minute presentations to deep dive 50-minute presentations. The 20-minute presentation will be linked in the next week.5-MINUTE VIDEO INTRO TO TOOLBOX
Variable Lookup Tool
The modular nature of the tools in the Climate Toolbox make it difficult to know in advance which tools have information on certain variables or even all the variables that are contained in the toolbox. This tool allows you to do a reverse variable lookup to find the tools in the toolbox that have information on certain variables of interest.
Climate Resilience Workbook Series
The Climate Resilience Workbook series helps users to access and apply global climate information at a local scale to develop relevant resilience actions. The series begins with an introduction to climate data analysis through The Climate Toolbox Workbook.
- The Climate Toolbox Workbook is a user’s guide to the Climate Toolbox, providing a road map for users to analyze climate information and communicate climate data stories, data-driven narratives about climate impacts and trends relevant at the community level.
- The Vulnerability Assessment Workbook provides a framework to integrate those data analyses with judgement and choices.
- The Resilience Actions Workbook provides tools to help understand the human landscape of a community and plan resilience actions that integrate the outputs from the first two workbooks.
Questions around climate information and climate change are far-reaching and can be overwhelming. The Climate Resilience Workbook series seeks to help users develop skills in manageable chunks; learn how to analyze, integrate, and use information from a range of sources; and develop plans that are actionable at a local scale. We hope that by investigating discrete issues, the holistic picture becomes clearer.
Climate Toolkit: A Resource Manual for Science and Action
The Climate Toolkit is a resource manual designed to help the reader navigate the complex and perplexing issue of climate change by providing tools and strategies to explore the underlying science. As such it contains a collection of activities that make use of readily available on-line resources developed by research groups and public agencies (such as the Climate Toolbox). These include web-based climate models, climate data archives, interactive atlases, policy papers, and “solution” catalogs. Unlike a standard textbook, it is designed to help readers do their own climate research and devise their own perspective rather than providing them with a script to assimilate and repeat.
The activities in the manual are divided into five sections that include weather and climate basics, present climate impacts, past climate change, future change and impacts, and strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation. These are followed by three appendices which contain information about the on-line tools used in the activities in this manual; a catalog of on-line and print resources produced by research groups, government agencies, and community groups involved in climate and sustainability work; and background on the history and key players in the international climate negotiation process.
Though originally aimed at undergraduate non-science majors, the manual has been broadened for a wider audience in non-academic settings like community groups, service organizations, workplace study groups, and faith communities.
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