Short Online Courses

Climate Change Short Online Courses

Introduction to Climate Change (Causes, Impacts, Possible Adaptation and/or Mitigation Strategies

This is a first module of three that are being developed and it gives a brief overview of the climate system, greenhouse gases, climate models, current climate change impacts, and future projections. Click here

Global Warming Science – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (12weeks)

This course is an introduction to the physics of the climate system and the basic science underpinning discussions of anthropogenic climate change Click here

United Nations Climate Change: Learn Introductory e-Course on Climate Change (12 hours)

This free-of charge e-course will provide the basics of climate change including Climate Change Science, International Legal and Policy Framework, Adaptation, Mitigation and Low Carbon Development, Climate Change Finance and Planning for Climate Change Click here

Climate Change – University of Melbourne (9 weeks)

This course introduces an individual to different disciplinary perspectives on Climate Change to help you think about how Climate Change affects you as a person, as a member of your local community, as a citizen of your country and as a member of the global community Click here

Climate Change: Causes, Consequences and Solutions- University of California, Davis (4 weeks)

This free online course examines (1) the factors responsible for climate change; (2) the biological and sociological consequences of such changes; and (3) the possible engineering, economic, and legal solutions to avoid more extreme perturbations Click here

Climate change challenges and solutions – University of Exeter (8 weeks)

This course aims to explain the science of climate change, the risks it poses and the solutions available to reduce those risks Click here

Climate Change (ClimChng) – Open Universities Australia (4 weeks)

Find out how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it, and what solutions we can employ Click here

University of British Columbia- Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations (9 weeks)

This course introduces the basics of the climate system, models and predictions, human and natural impacts, mitigate and adaptive responses, and the evolution of climate policy Click here

Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, and Social Sciences – University of California, Davis (10 weeks)

The Global Climate Change course covers the causes and consequences of global climate change, exploring the biological, geophysical, and social impact of climate change Click here

Climate Change and Extreme Weather – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, United States(15-20 minutes)

This short module discusses how a changing climate can also lead to changes in extreme weather events on the local scale. The module describes how climate change can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the situation, location, and the vulnerability of the population Click here

Climate Change & Regional Impacts – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, United States(15-20 minutes)

This module is an overview of the different effects climate change produces in different regions of the United States. The module also presents information on how climate scientists use specialized models and statistical techniques to estimate how regional climates are likely to change in the future Click here

Weather and Health – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, United States(2 hours)

This course provides an understanding of the impacts of weather and climate on public health. It also introduces learners to the public health communication system, informing them about reliable public health support services, tools, and resources available Click here

Weather and the Built Environment – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, United States(2 hours)

This course provides broadcast meteorologists, educators, and the public with an overview of the evolution of our modern urban environment, with a focus on impacts on the watershed, air quality, climate, and local and severe weather events Click here

Climate Insights 101- Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (Self-Paced)

Climate Insights 101 is a short course series designed to provide users with an in-depth understanding of climate science and related issues. 101 is produced as a series of modules, each with several animated lessons Click here

dimensions – University of California, SanDiego (10 weeks)

This course views climate change from a variety of perspectives at the intersection of the natural sciences, technology, and the social sciences and humanities Click here

Climate Change- American Museum of Natural History (3 weeks)

This course teaches students how the climate system works; what factors cause climate to change across different time scales and how those factors interact; how climate has changed in the past; how scientists use models, observations and theory to make predictions about future climate Click here

Leading Change and Action on Climate Change – University of Oxford (10 weeks)

This course will examine climate change issues, current approaches to leadership at the local, national and global level and will support students in developing their own approach to leading change and innovation on climate change in a personal, local or professional context Click here

Climate Change -Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (6 weeks)

This introductory on-line course presents Earth’s climate system and explores the science and politics of global climate change Click here

Global Warming: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change- University of Chicago (8 weeks)

This course describes the science of global warming and the forecast for humans’ impact on Earth’s climate. It is intended for an audience without much scientific background but a healthy sense of curiosity Click here

Global Warming – University of Chicago (Self-Paced)

The first half of the class explains climate physics and how the climate works; the second half shows how human activity and ever-increasing carbon levels disrupt the equilibrium of the environment, creating a very uncertain future for generations to come Click here

Climate Change – United States Open University (18 hours)

This unit explores the topic of climate change and global warming focusing on areas such as how the Earth’s global mean surface temperature is determined, the natural greenhouse effect, and how this contributes to a balanced global climate and the human impact on the atmosphere Click here

Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change – Center for Sustainable Development (8 weeks)

In these online courses students actually develop real projects in communities that focus on a community-based approach to adapting to climate change, investigate the special challenges in their project and refine the project’s activities to build sustainability and impact into the project Click here

Turn Down the Heat – World Bank Institute (Four Weeks)

This Massive Open Online Course contains a snapshot of the most recent scientific evidence and practical actions on what you can do about tackling climate change, a challenge that affects us all Click here

Climate Analytics – World Bank (4 weeks)

The four week course brings leading and renowned scientists to provide a synthesis of the most recent scientific evidence and provides an analysis of likely impacts and risks with a focus on developing countries Click here

Climate Change Science and Modelling Biophysical Impacts – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research(UNU-WIDER) and African Economics Research Consortium (AERC) (3 weeks)

This course covers the current science on climate change and its biophysical implications. It is designed for professionals in different disciplines who are confronting the issue of climate change in their work Click here

Self-paced e-courses on climate change – World Bank

These courses cover the essentials of climate change including the science of climate change and variability, associated human impacts and forms of adaptation and mitigation Click here

Animal Agriculture and Climate Change – United States Department of Agriculture (12 hours)

The Animal Agriculture and Climate Change online certification course provides an in-depth understanding of the relationship between animal agriculture and climate change, both nationally and regionally, right from your office or home at the beginning of every month

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Climate Change and Food Security – FAO (5 hours)

This free course helps us understand how climate change is affecting agriculture and our food security – and what can be done

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Incorporating Climate Change Considerations into Agricultural Investment Programmes (5 hours)

This course provides the necessary knowledge to design, develop and implement agricultural projects and programmes that address the challenges of a changing climate

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Climate Science Connections: Water in the West of the United States- CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder (4 weeks)

This course engages participants with cutting-edge science in exploring questions about the intersection of climate change and water management in the West of the United States

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Free Short Courses in Climate Risk and Water Resources Management – Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) (Flexible between 11 days to 3months)

This Programme consists of a series of 4 short courses aimed at building the capacity of professionals as well as upper-level students in the water sector. The free online courses will provide knowledge and concepts necessary to manage water resources and risk related to climate change and variability

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Climate Change & Sea Level Rise – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, United States (15-20 minutes)

This short module looks at how increasing temperatures due to climate change have affected sea level rise and what effects scientist expect in the future, given rising greenhouse gas emissions

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Watersheds: Connecting Weather to the Environment – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, United States (15-20 minutes)

This course provides an understanding of a watershed as the local environment in which people’s actions and decisions play against the background of daily and seasonal weather to affect the quality and health of the local watershed in which they live, as well as the larger system of watersheds of which their watershed is one part.

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Integrated Water Resource Management as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change – United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization- Institute for Water Education (5 months) Upon completion, the participants should be able to understand the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management in relation to Climate Change Click here

Climate Solutions University: Forest & Water Strategies (10 months)

Become a leader in the field of climate adaptation! Model Forest Policy Program offers the highly regarded Climate Solutions University: Forest & Water Strategies to assist communities in the challenging work of adapting to climate change Click here

Introduction to climate change and the role of forests- The Nature Conservancy (Self-Paced)

This is a short term course looking especially at how forests can be utilized for climate change mitigation and adaptation Click here

Climate change adaptation: A short course for Land Managers – United States Forest Service (Self-Paced)

Information in this short course summarises the state-of-the science for natural resource managers and decision makers regarding climate variability, change, climate projections, and ecological and management responses to climate variability Click here

Climate Change and REDD+ – The Nature Conservancy (8 hours)

The course is meant to enable participants to more fully understand and better engage in REDD+ policy negotiations at the national and international levels and to facilitate the development of credible REDD+ activities in developing countries through basic capacity building Click here

Climate Change and Disaster Risk – United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (4 weeks)

This course aims at supporting the global agenda of managing the risks associated with climate change through increased knowledge and awareness of development practitioners and policy makers at the national and local levels Click Here

Human Vulnerability and Climate Change – University of Peace (6 weeks

Climate change increases risks to human livelihoods and as such may endanger the security of individuals and groups. The course aims at understanding the impact of climate change on the global environment and on human activity Click Here

Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating effectively under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) – United Nations Institute for Training and Research (8 days)

This online course will develop participants’ understanding of the climate change policy framework, by building an appreciation of the science, the history of the policy making process and the UNFCCC framework Click Here

Decision making for Climate Change – University of California, Irvine Extension (36 weeks)

This program is ideal for municipal, regional, state, and federal officials; environmental planners and managers; corporate operations and utility managers; and consultants in the sustainability field to help them understand the impact of climate change and make educated decisions about adapting to and minimizing its effects Click Here

Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation – University of Copenhagen (16 weeks)

This course is an interdisciplinary online course based on the brand new Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Click Here

Global and Regional Climate Change – University of Wisconsin, Madison (8 weeks)

Clarifying concepts, processes and graphs presented in the summary of the Physical Science Basis of the 2007 IPCC report on Climate Change Click Here

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS)

The Center for Climate Strategies provides high-level support for planning, analysis, and implementation of climate, energy, and economic programs in partnership with government and institutional leaders and their stakeholders. Our work has been instrumental in setting and achieving new goals for climate change and sustainable energy and economy approaches in the US and other nations. To find out how they do it go to below link Click Here

Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector – United Nations Environment Programme (3 weeks)

The goal is to educate and enable key senior and mid-level executives to further understand the business complexities presented by climate change so that they can integrate it into corporate action plans and strategies Click Here

Leading Change and Action on Climate Change – University of Oxford (10 weeks)

The course offers the opportunity to understand and discuss the issues surrounding climate change, including the science and policy and adaptation needs Click Here

UNESCO Course for Secondary Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) (6 days)

This course is designed to give teachers confidence, through a series of six-day programmes, to help young people understand the causes and consequences of climate change today
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Connecting Global Climate Change with Engineering (Self-Paced)

Engineering is not always included in grades 6-12 science curricula, but this module introduces an approach to expose students to the excitement of engineering challenges and careers, in the context of climate change science explorations and green energy challenges
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NASA Resources for Teaching Global Climate Change in High School (6 weeks)

This online, facilitated course is designed for high-school educators wishing to teach global climate change using an inquiry/problem-based approach. The course focuses on evidence that supports global climate change and how to use NASA data and resources to help high-school students discover mitigations or adaptations to climate change
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Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E- Learning (Self-Paced)

A free, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, multimedia resource for educators on Climate Change. This includes links to on-line courses, articles and other resources for educators
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teaching Resources (NOAA) – United States (Self-Paced)

Learning pathways to help educators uncover key concepts and authentic data from the National Climate Assessments. Educational resources for each region of the United States, tied to the National Climate Assessment’s key findings have been assembled and posted on  NOAA’s teaching climate webpages
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Covering Climate Change – Poynter. News University (Self-Paced approximately 4 hours)

Covering Climate Change is intended for journalists from all countries and beats, regardless of medium. Geared toward the non-environment reporter, this course covers all the basics needed to report on climate change with accuracy, depth and nuance
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Environmental Reporting: An Introduction – Poynter. News University (Self-Paced approximately 3 hours)

In this course, you’ll learn how to tackle stories, translate scientific jargon and find the best sources for your stories. This course will help you gain a deeper understanding of the field of environmental journalism–its past, present and future
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Climate Change: Fitting the Pieces Together – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, United States (2 hours)

This course provides a basic overview of climate change science and answers to questions about climate change commonly asked by television viewers, including: What changes climate?Is climate change real?Why should we care? How sure are scientists?andWhat next?
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Earth to Sky- Graduate Courses in Communicating/Interpreting Controversial Science (10 weeks)

Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) is piloting a year-long series of online courses, Science and the Public Interface, centered on the topic of effective communication of controversial science (such as evolution, climate change, nanotechnology, stem cell therapy, etc)
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