Understanding how climate influences society and how humans influence climate has become more urgent now than ever before especially at a time when a legally binding agreement is being negotiated to combat climate change. Information and knowledge generated and provided by climate change science forms the basis in shaping policies and agreements.
The science of climate change looks at how the Earth’s climate has changed over the years and their cause as well as the possible future changes which could result from human interference with the climate system. Paleoclimatology is the science that looks at past climate change and the drivers of this change. Modern (historical) climatology covers the periods of instrumental observations and studies the changes that are being observed in the climate system as well as the cause and effect relationships including the projections of future changes in climate arising from human interference.
The crosscutting nature of the climate change problem requires the engagement of professionals, policy makers, practitioners and researchers. With this in mind, it is therefore important to have some basic understanding of climate change science in order to appreciate the gravity of the problem posed by climate change and find lasting solutions by undertaking appropriate climate proof actions.
Though there are plenty of online (web based) and offline (publications) resources made available by several institutions, sometimes it is often difficult to identify reliable sources of climate change information. In many cases, the abundance of these resources has led to confusion and misinformation surrounding climate change issues. This theme is meant to provide some resource materials and links that are specifically targeting the climate and non-climate experts, and these include:
a) History of climate change science
b) Basic concepts/terminologies
c) Causes of climate change
e) Historical instrumental observation
f) Future climate change scenario
g) Climate Data Sources