Teaching Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric science explores the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere, both on Earth as well as other celestial bodies. It encompasses meteorology and climatology which have broad environmental applications including climate, weather, and air quality and chemistry and their impacts on humans, plants, and animals. The pages in this collection offer a variety of resources for faculty members to design an undergraduate atmospheric science course. The collections below include course descriptions, activity examples, pedagogical approaches, and a wealth of other resources to supplement your teaching.

Course Design & Pedagogy | Resource Collections | Special Topics | Workshops & Events | Get Involved

Designing an Atmospheric Science Course

1. Set goals

Learn more about setting effective course goals from the Course Design Tutorial. Browse course descriptions and syllabi from your colleagues to gauge the range of atmospheric science courses currently offered.

2. Consider assessment options

Aligning your assessment strategies with the goals of your course is an essential part of the design process. You can learn more about assessment in the section about Assessing Student Learning in the Course Design Tutorial and through our module on Observing and Assessing Student Learning.

3. Select pedagogies and specific teaching activities

The pedagogic techniques highlighted below can provide inspiration as you consider various approaches that will help you achieve your course goals. The resource collections are organized to provide a rich set of materials to draw from in constructing the specific set of learning experiences you want for your students. Finally, explore the more in-depth information and ideas available in special topics.

Selected Pedagogical Approaches
Atmospheric science courses help students build a variety of skills and critical thinking abilities. Some pedagogical approaches lend themselves well to teaching these topics and skills, including

Resource Collections
The materials below were contributed by faculty members from across the country.

  • Activity Collection contributed by faculty members including classroom activities, lab exercises, problem sets, and more.
  • Course descriptions for atmospheric science, including syllabi and course goals.
  • Visualization collections for teaching about atmospheric science. Collections include animations, photos, and interactive imagery and are sorted by topic.
  • CLEAN Teaching Materials Collection provides a variety of extensively reviewed activities, visualizations, and other resources related to teaching about climate and energy. The collection extends beyond atmospheric science, but you can use the browse or search functions to narrow your results.

Special Topics

Workshops and Events

Get Involved

  • Contribute Materials: Do you have teaching activities, course syllabi, databases, tools, references or websites you use and recommend for teaching about atmospheric science? We encourage you to share your favorite teaching materials and help us expand the resource collections.
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