Interactives & Simulations: Weather, Climate & Atmosphere Education

Interactives & Simulations: Weather, Climate & Atmosphere Education

The UCAR Center for Science Education has a modest (but growing!) collection of interactives and simulations related to weather, climate, atmospheric science and space weather education. Check out the links to our resources below.

The Center also has a small collection of games related to atmospheric science topics.

Click here for a larger list of games, simulations, and virtual labs about weather, climate, the atmospheric sciences, and Sun and space weather topics. The larger list of games, sims and virtual labs includes items from many different sources (not just us!).

Virtual Ballooning interactive
Explore the atmosphere by launching Virtual Weather Balloons! This "virtual laboratory" simulation lets you investigate the layers of Earth's atmosphere.
The Very, Very Simple Climate Model
Use this Very, Very Simple Climate Model to explore the relationships between carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere and our planet's average global temperature. Try out some "what if" scenarios to see how much our climate may warm during the coming century.
Climate Sensitivity Calculator
This simple interactive shows how Earth's temperature rises as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases.
Earth's Energy Balance interactive
See how Earth's temperature would change if the Sun's brightness increased or dimmed or if Earth's albedo was different.
Compare IPCC Scenarios interactive
Compare graphs of past and possible future carbon dioxide emissions, atmospheric concentration of CO2 and average global temperatures during the coming century as provided by the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Compare Regional Climate Maps interactive
Compare maps of future regional climate projections - temperature and precipitation.
See what one neighborhood looked like before the September 2013 flood and after water filled the streets, yards, homes, and Crest View Elementary School.
Compare Maps of Arctic Sea Ice
Select a month and year from the popup menus to compare two maps of the Arctic at different times of the year or during different years side-by-side.
"Build a Tree" Dendrochronology interactive
Find out how climate scientists use tree ring patterns to reconstruct past climates. This dendrochronology simulation allows you to choose the climate and "build" up a the cross-section of a tree one ring at a time.
make a hurricane
Make a hurricane and learn about the factors that control the strength of the storm, including temperature, moisture and winds.
Compare Multispectral Sun Images
Compare images of the Sun side-by-side with this interactive viewer. What features can you see in ultraviolet or infrared images?
Compare solar eclipse photos
Compare photos of different solar eclipses side-by-side.