Climate Detective Resources

Kick-off date: 22 September 2023

More information coming soon…




Information about the Project

Climate Detectives Teacher Guide 22-23 (ESA)
Climate Detectives Guidelines 2022-23
Past Climate Detectives Project (Gallery)
ESA Climate Detectives Website

EO Browser makes it possible to browse and compare full resolution images from all the data collections we provide. You simply go to your area of interest, select your desired time range and cloud coverage, and inspect the resulting data in the browser. Try out different visualizations or make your own, download high resolution images and create timelapses.
EO Browser – Quick Start Guide for Education
This is a new (January 2023) ESA Teach with Space resource to introduce you and guide you to using the EO Browser in the Classroom
EO Browser Tutorials 
Here you can find tutorials, user guides and examples of how you can use satellite imagery to analyze various phenomena and events around the globe. With these resources we want to help you get familiar with satellite imagery and show you how to use some of the freely available tools for your analysis.

Background Information, Research & Inspiration

IPCC Special Report – Global Warming of 1.5C – Summary for Teachers
This is a summary of a Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that is specifically intended for teachers.  It includes a selection of related activities and exercises that can be implemented in the classroom.

Have a look a the 2021 Climate Detectives Previous projects for some ideas

Other Climate Change Resources 
What is Climate Change  from the Environmental Protection Agency#
Trees and Climate – The SFI 2019 Science Week Resource
From Climate Change to Climate Justice from Trócaire
Climate Action a Green Schools resource from An Taisce
Article from Teagasc – How satellite images from space are used to monitor our soil 

This Thinking and Working like a Scientist webinar was recently produced by the PDST Agricultural Science Advisors with Teagasc.  It shows how Teagasc Scientists follow the Scientific Method in their research.

Classroom Resources and Activities

ESA Classroom Resources
Here is a link to the ESA Classroom Resources which support the Climate Detectives Project which include:

Weather vs Climate – Understanding the Difference
From the Ground to the Sky – Analysing and understanding images of planet earth taken from space)
The ice is melting – How can we investigate the effects of melting ice
One year on Earth – Understanding the Seasons
Nose up high in the sky – Observing and measuring weather conditions
Earth under the lid – Understanding the greenhouse effect

Infrared Webcam Hack – Using infrared light to observe the world in a new way
Highways of the Oceans – Sea currents and the connection to climate
Sea Ice from Space – Investigating Arctic sea ice and its connection to climate
The Greenhouse Effect and its Consequences – Investigating global warming
After the Storm – Tracking Hurricane Matthew and analysing

ESA Climate Office
ESA’s Climate Office “Climate for Schools” Teaching Resource packs from the Climate Change Initiative includes:

Is ozone good or bad? – Sources and roles of ozone in the atmosphere
The water cycle- The effect of global warming on flood and drought
Country under threat – The consequences of sea-level rise for coastal cities and small islands

Lower Secondary
A passage opens – The links between climate change and melting sea-ice
The carbon cycle – The effects of changing carbon dioxide levels on forests, oceans and our lives
Taking the pulse of the planet – How satellite sensors allow us to monitor our changing planet

Upper Secondary
Taking the pulse of the planet – How satellites in orbit improve our understanding of climate change
Urban hotspots – How the urban environment responds to climate change
Biodiversity and habitat loss – How climate change is related to biodiversity
Planetary heat pumps – How the oceans regulate global temperatures and respond to global warming

Mini Case studies

Coming soon are several Mini Case studies to guide you though Climate Detectives for 2022/23

  1. Air Pollution Mini Case Study Air Pollution Mini Case Study (ESERO Ireland) final
  2. Water Quality Mini Case Study Water Quality Mini Case Study – Final
  3. Forestry & Climate Mini Case Study 5S Mini Case Study for Climate Detectives – forestry & climate change)
    Forestry & Climate Mini Case Study additional notes and guidelines 5S Climate Detectives Teacher Resources and Example
  4.  Ag Science Mini Case Study (Unprotected Urea) Mini Case Study for Agricultural Science (unprotected Urea)
  5. Investigating Greenhouse Gases Investigating Greenhouse Gasess Mini Case Study
Data Analysis Resources

Below is a series of  Excel Tutorials developed by the PDST Agricultural Science Advisor Team which may be of assistance in analysing your data for the Climate Detectives project
Excel Tutorial 1  LOs:
Be familiar with common terms relating to the use of Excel Spreadsheets
Collate data into coherent tables to allow for further analysis
Input instructions to perform simple calculations
Analyse data by finding values such as Range, Mean, Median, Mode and Standard Deviation

Excel Tutorial 2 LOs:
Copy, paste and clean data from other sources into Excel
Create simple appropriate Bar charts using this data
Modify graphs to your preferred presentation style
Export graphs to other sources e.g. Word Document

Excel Tutorial 3 LOs:
Using a dataset calculate the DLG of animals Create a scatter plot using this data
Add a trendline to this data
Extrapolate this trendline to make forecasts
Use a linear trendline to calculate slope (rate of weight gain), y-intercept (birth weight) and r2 (correlation coefficient)

Excel Tutorial 4 LOs:
Create a line chart using a dataset
Analyse this data referring to the line chart
Use dataset to calculate the correlation coefficient

Excel Tutorial 5 LOs:
Use LibreOffice to open, edit and save a Microsoft Word document
Use LibreOffice to create graphs using a dataset