Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Basics of Weather, Climate and Climate Change


About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.


The basics of weather, climate and natural climate change — selected resources on the web

On the Web

Barrett Bellamy Climate
Barrett Bellamy Climate has two main aims. One is the explanation of the greenhouse effect on as simple a level as is possible without being scientifically inaccurate. The second one includes advanced explanations with "translations" for general readers.

Dr. Dewpoint
A light-hearted but nonetheless informative and educational approach to current weather and climate events and related science by Joe D'Aleo (Dr. Dewpoint), chief meteorologist at Intellicast.

El Niño and Climate Prediction
An excellent account of the El Niño phenomenon, including animations, a glossary, reading list and links to further information as well as the full text of the publication "Reports to the Nation: El Niño and Climate Prediction".

El Niño Special Report
An introductory report on the El Niño phenomenon from the Environmental News Network.

Exploratorium - Global Climate Change
Site enables visitor to explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these domains. Also covers how scientists study natural phenomena, gather evidence, test theories, and come to conclusions.

Information Sheets
Briefing documents on various aspects of natural and anthropogenic climate change from the Climatic Research Unit.

Madden-Julian Oscillation
Overview of the 40-50 day Madden-Julian Oscillation which has a dominant influence on the weather and atmospheric circulation of the tropics.

OnLine Guide to Meteorology
Very effective set of instructional modules covering many aspects of the subject.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015