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Online Courses: Climate Change

In partnership with the COMET Program, NEEF provides a series of free, online courses on climate change science. These courses count for continuing education credit through the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) program and are useful for anyone interested in learning more. These courses are hosted by the COMET Program and free registration is required.

COMET Extreme Weather

Climate Change & Extreme Weather (15-20 minutes)

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

COMET Regional Impacts

Climate Change & Regional Impacts (15-20 minutes)

This short course is an overview of the different effects climate change produces in different regions of the United States. In addition to discussing impacts already being experienced, the course presents information on how climate scientists use specialized models and statistical techniques to estimate how regional climates are likely to change in the future.

COMET Sea Level Rise

Climate Change & Sea Level Rise (15-20 minutes)

This short course 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. The various mechanisms of sea level rise are discussed, as well as the tools and research used to study this topic. The course also discusses how countries and communities are preparing for future increases in sea levels.

COMET Fitting the Pieces Together

Climate Change: Fitting the Pieces Together (2 hours)

This two-hour course provides a basic overview of climate change science and answers to common questions about climate change, including: What changes climate? Is climate change real? How do we know? Why should we care? How sure are scientists? and What next?