Humans aren't the only ones affected by climate. Nature is sounding the alarm with plants and animals that are already being impacted by a changing climate. How can the tiny bark beetle take down an entire forest? What can tree rings tell us about the past availability of water? Find out how and what scientists are learning from these changes.
Explore this interactive map of time-series analysis of 654,178 Landsat images in characterizing forest extent and change, 2000–2012.
Created by University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences
Model LessonsMountain Pine Beetles
A team of Colorado teachers with CU-Boulder scientists and science educators collaborated to develop "Mountain Pine Beetles" - a model lesson for students in grades 9-12 (adaptable to middle school) about Colorado's growing pine beetle population.
Each lesson has been taught and tested in classrooms and is based on content from the "Colorado's Forests and the Pine Beetle Epidemic" video produced by Learn More About Climate.
Learn more and download this lesson.
Professional DevelopmentThe Biological Sciences Initiative (BSI)
BSI at the University of Colorado Boulder provides professional development opportunities and resources for K-12 teachers and students. These free activities relate to current CU research with an emphasis on hands-on, inquiry based, and standards implementation. Learn more about BSI.
CU-Boulder's Mountain Research Station is an interdisciplinary facility of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research that provides mountain ecosystem research and educational opportunities for scientists, students, and the general public. http://www.colorado.edu/mrs/
The Front Range Pika Project through the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEBIO) involves monitoring certain pika habitats along the Colorado Front Range to determine how these habitats are changing and whether pikas are still present. Data collected by volunteers are made available through an interactive website, providing informative maps and supporting data useful for researchers, land managers, and the general public. http://www.citsci.org/(...)
The Natural Hazards Center works to advance and communicate knowledge on hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Using an all-hazards and interdisciplinary framework, the center fosters information sharing and integration of activities among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world; supports and conducts research; and provides educational opportunities for the next generation of hazards scholars and professionals. http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/