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
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.
energy choices
Help the Joules family make choices that keep their greenhouse gas emissions low.
Tree Rings Paleoclimate Simulation
This interactive simulation lets you 'decode' tree ring patterns to learn about climates of the past.
Tree Rings and Climate Timeline Simulation

Align tree ring cores to build a long chronology of climate history in this online interactive activity.

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).
Ruler of the World
You are now King or Queen of the World and your loyal subjects need your help. You must choose a new mix of energy sources to limit emissions while generating enough energy for your subjects and keeping costs low.
make a hurricane

Make a hurricane and learn about the factors that control the strength of the storm, including temperature, moisture and winds.

Create snowstorm interactive

Explore the factors that combine to create a snowstorm in this interactive.

Make a Thunderstorm
Make a thunderstorm! Choose the right mix of temperatures and humidity to create a big thunderstorm.
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
Compare maps side-by-side of sea ice extent in the Arctic over several decades.
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.