Games & Simulations - Weather, Climate, Atmosphere

Games & Simulations - Weather, Climate, Atmosphere

This page is a directory of educational gamessimulations, and virtual labs related to Weather, Climate, Atmospheric Science, and the Sun and Space Weather.

This list is a subset of a collection of links to games, simulations, and virtual labs that span a larger range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education topics.

BBC Climate Challenge
  • In this role-playing policy game, you are the leader of the European Union. Select policies to reduce carbon emissions while retaining enough popularity to remain in office.
  • Creators: British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Price: free
Bill Nye's Climate Lab
  • Climate science games and simulations from Bill Nye the Science Guy and Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • Creators: Bill Nye and Chabot Space & Science Center
  • Cost: free
Games at CAMEL web site
  • A small collection (9 items as of November 2014) of role-playing, board, card, and computer games about climate change and energy use topics.
  • Creators: various; collection is part of the CAMEL (Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning) climate change education web site
  • Cost: free
Climate Interactive: Tools
Disaster Dynamics game
  • Disaster Dynamics: Hurricane Landfall is a multiplayer, role-playing strategy game that teaches about interactions between natural hazards and human decisions in a Gulf Coast barrier island community.
  • Creators: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • Cost: free
EdGCM climate model
  • EdGCM is a research-grade Global Climate Model (GCM) with a user-friendly interface that is suitable for use by students and can be run on a desktop computer.
  • Creators: Columbia University (New York)
  • Cost: individual student copy for $29; single user license $199, various prices for more copies (e.g. $49 each for 20+ copies); free 30-day trial demo version available.
Gizmos by ExploreLearning
Global Carbon Budget applet
Hurricane Strike!
Jason Learning: Games & Digital Labs
  • JASON Learning has several games and virtual labs interspersed within curriculum units, including: Storm Tracker, The Commander of the Nautilus (free demo version), Energy City, The Operation: Resilient Planet Game, Coaster Creator, Transform It!, Landform Detectives, and Mastermines.
  • Creators: JASON Learning (managed by Sea Research Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the National Geographic Society; founded by Robert Ballard)
  • Cost: pricing starts at $95 for 1-year access to all online JASON curriculum, including games and labs. Free demo version of The Commander of the Nautilus.
MetEd collection by COMET
Molecular Workbench & Science of Atoms and Molecules
NASA's Space Place
Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project
NOAA Games Planet Arcade
  • A large collection (25 items as of November 2013) of games and puzzles from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the EPA, PBS, and the Jason Project.
  • Creators: NOAA Ocean Service Education
  • Cost: free
PhET simulations
SciGames.org
  • A collection of more than 30 games and interactives, mostly with space themes. Several solar and space weather items, including: Extreme Seasons, Magneto Bowling, Magneto Mini Golf, Solar Vision, The Great Escape, and Wrath of Ra.
  • Creators: Space Science Institute
  • Cost: free
SMARTIC board and role-playing game
Storm Evader app/game for iPad
  • Storm Evader is a game app for iPads. Role-play as an air traffic controller, routing aircraft aound storm systems.
  • Creators: University of Oklahoma
  • Cost: free (search for "Storm Evader" in Apple's iTunes App Store)
UCAR SciEd Games and Simulations
Weather and Climate Simulations from CIMSS
WeatherWise
  • WeatherWise is a large collection of simulations and virtual labs covering weather-related topics. Categories include: storms, temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind, clouds, radiation, climate, basic meteorology, and miscellaneous and non-meteorology. Some simulations are Java-based; others are HTML5.
  • Creators: Steve Ackerman and Tom Whittaker
  • Cost: free
Climate Simulations from the Concord Consortium
  • A series of five lesson modules with several embedded simulations. Includes "Earth's changing climates", "Interactions within the atmosphere", "Sources, sinks, and feedbacks", "Feedbacks of ice and clouds" and "Using models to make predictions".
  • Creators: The Concord Consortium
  • Cost: free
BYU Virtual Chemlab - gases
  • Extensive virtual labs for Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, and Biology. Chemistry labs include gas laws and similar experiments related to atmospheric sciences.
  • Creators: Brigham Young University
  • Cost: commercial products, available via Pearson.