CliMathNet has developed a set of teaching resources under the name mathMETics, and a series of Youtube videos have been developed.
MathMETics allows pupils to gain an insight into how mathematics is applied to understand the climate and predict the weather. Pupils can have a go at collecting weather data and running a climate model for themselves and think about how the information can be used. The mathMETics website provides resources developed by a team of mathematicians at the Universities of Exeter and Bath in collaboration with the Met Office. The resources explain how to collect and record data, how to verify collected data against Met Office forecasts and gives an insight into the use of mathematics and statistics in weather and climate forecasting.
The lesson plans are designed to be run over one week (for example over the National Science and Engineering week 2014). The resources aimed to provide three lessons for mathematics students in years 9 and 12, and resources include background information for teachers (to support data collection and interpretation) along with a number of worksheets and solutions for teachers.
Crash Course Cryosphere is a series that bridges the gap between A level and university, using experiments, lectures, and interviews to educate people about the science of ice, and the history of polar exploration. Over ten episodes shot at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, the science of how ice forms, glaciers flow, and the poles influence the climate are covered by YouTuber Simon Clark and glaciologist Dr Tom Dowling.
Tipping points in the Earth’s climate system, for example the slow-down of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation, ice-sheet collapse, and Arctic sea-ice loss, are a growing concern that is receiving increasing attention from scientists and the public.
In this project we will be hosting conversations about climate tipping points at a series of stalls, public discussions, and online during October and November 2016, focusing on how they happen, why they’re important to our lives, and how researchers are trying to understand and predict them.
This website provides further information about understanding climate tipping points.
Other material and information that may be useful for schools are listed below:
- Maths Weather and Climate, (Yr12 Maths Inspiration Presentation), Prof. Chris Budd
- MEI Maths for Weather and Climate
- Maths careers
- CliMathNet Flyer for schools
- CliMathNet Flyer for Teenagers
- Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society
For others interested in the role of mathametics and statistics in climate science, please see these interesting links:
- IMA/EPSRC poster on mathematics for climate prediction
- Maths for Planet Earth 2013 newsroom
- We appeared at the British Science Festival in September 2013 (our presentation is available: Presentation for British Science Festival 2013)
- MPE2013 curriculum material and blog
- CliMathNet will be at the Big Bang Fair in March 2014, with information and demonstrations of the mathMETics website
- Mathematics Today, IMA