Note: Links to external websites checked and updated October 2021. If you find a broken link, please let us know.

Weather (or meteorological) variables are measured at all ECN terrestrial sites. As we build up data on the weather at the sites we can begin to address questions about climate change, such as 'do we see any evidence of climate change at the sites?' and 'can we detect any effects of climate change on plants and animals at the sites?'.

This series of tutorials will help you to understand weather and climate change better (see below for more details about what you can expect to learn).

How to use

The tutorials are arranged in order, and it is best to work through them in sequence. Some tutorials have questions and excercises to help you explore further and test your knowledge. Teachers may wish to refer to the explanatory notes.

Start at Part 1 below. Use the navigation on each page to move between pages.

Please note: Regrettably we have had to remove our interactive data exploration tools. We hope to replace these tools soon, but until then, some links from this tutorial will not work.

What can I expect to learn?

  • The difference between weather and climate
  • Weather science
  • How to interpret weather maps
  • What affects the weather in the UK
  • How and why the climate varies in different parts of the globe
  • What climate change is and what might be causing present day climate change
  • The observed and predicted impacts of climate change
  • Attempts to limit the extent of climate change
  • Ways in which we have to adapt to climate change.

For teachers

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These pages were originally developed by Daniel Jackson, a student at Liverpool Hope University College, as part of a final year BSc (Hons) Geography project. They were updated in 2011 and again in 2021 by Andrew Sier, UKCEH. Information is provided in good faith and is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. If you believe we have made an error, please contact us.