Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary



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.

Global Forum
Global Forum

Oceans and climate change — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

The Cook Islands - an Ocean and Coastal Environment
Vaitoti Tupa discusses the environmental challenges facing the Cook Islands, commenting on climate change and sea-level rise, resource sustainability and capacity building. Published May 2007

Lessons from the Indian Ocean Tsunami
Thailand recently hosted a conference to discuss the lessons learnt from the Indian Ocean tsunami. Newswatch editor Mick Kelly reports. Published May 2005

Scientific Education in the Pacific
Than Aung describes an oceanographic educational project which has recently been initiated for the Pacific region. Published September 2001

On the Web

Acid Ocean
Acid Ocean is an open access virtual animation and laboratory on ocean acidification that allows students to improve their background knowledge of ocean acidification and to become virtual scientists, conducting and analyzing research on the effect of ocean acidity on a key and well known marine organism, the sea urchin.

Australian Institute of Marine Science
Site includes details of coral reef research and the full text of the publication Status of Coral Reefs of the World.

Blue Carbon - The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon
Blue Carbon, from GRID-Arendal and UNEP, highlights the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystems in maintaining our climate. It aims to assist policy makers to mainstream an oceans agenda into national and international climate change initiatives. Various electronic resources can be downloaded as well as the full report. Published October 2009

Blue Carbon Portal
The Blue Carbon Portal brings together the latest knowledge and resources on the role of oceans as carbon sinks.

Center for Ocean Solutions
Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have joined forces to create the Center for Ocean Solutions, with a mission to develop new knowledge to solve ocean challenges and to reach out to decision-makers to translate the results of marine science and policy research into action. It has launched the Pacific Oceans Initiative to promote the sustainable management of the Pacific basin.

Climate History
The goal of the PALEOMAP Project is to illustrate the plate tectonic development of the ocean basins and continents, as well as the changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1100 million years. Site includes climate maps for different geological periods and a climate history animation.

Climate Prediction Center
The mission of the US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center is to maintain a continuous watch on short-term climate fluctuations and to diagnose and predict them. Site includes comprehensive collection of current data on atmospheric and oceanic conditions, including outlook.

Direct Experiments on the Ocean Disposal of Fossil Fuel CO2
Web page contains images and video related to a paper published in Science on a deep ocean carbon dioxide release experiment conducted at a depth of 3627 m in Monterey Bay to test various ideas concerning the deep ocean sequestration of carbon dioxide in a real-world environment.

El Niño - Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies Library
Bibliography on the El Niño phenomenon.

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.

FAO Fisheries Global Information System
FIGIS (FAO Fisheries Global Information System) provides latest news, resources,fact sheets and mapping systems relating to aquaculture and marine issues.

Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands
The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands provides information on global developments related to oceans, coasts and Small Island Developing States, particularly activities aimed at achieving oceans-related targets from the World Summit on Sustainable Development and from the Millennium Development Goals through policy analyses, multi-stakeholder dialogues, working groups, roundtables and other approaches.

Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Coral Reefs and Other Marine Calcifiers (9MB download)
Technical report, prepared by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, on the findings that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations will cause changes in the ocean's carbonate chemistry system and affect fundamental biological and geochemical processes. Published July 2006

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission coordinates international scientific research on the world's oceans. The site contains details of current programmes, news and access to scientific expertise.

Keep Oceans Clean!
Site contains information about how trash affects the oceans and actions you can take to protect the world's oceans as well as a game to play.

Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Outlook Series
Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Outlook reports, from the United Nations Environment Programme, give a detailed overview of how rising pollution, the effects of climate change, over-fishing and other drivers of change are affecting marine life in 18 world regions. Published ongoing

The Future Oceans - Warming Up, Rising High, Turning Sour
The Future Oceans - Warming Up, Rising High, Turning Sour, from the German advisory Council on Climate Change, argues that failure to check carbon emissions will have severe consequences for the world's oceans: continuing warming and ongoing acidification both pose threats. Published March 2006

UN Atlas of the Oceans
Complete and wide-ranging information relevant to the sustainable development of oceans. Developed by UN agencies and other partners for policy makers, scientists, students and stakeholders needing detailed information and access to databases relevant to the sustainable development of oceans.

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