Montana's Changing Climate

Explore the Montana Climate Assessment, and access resources about
what we know and how we know what we know about Montana's past,
current, and future climate.

This self-paced online course addresses the science of climate and climate change and focuses
on climate impacts on Montana's water resources, forests and agriculture.

The course includes:

  Overview of climate science and the variables that impact climate
  Exploration of natural and manmade causes for climate change
  Trends in temperature and precipitation in Montana from past to present
  How scientists use climate models to make predictions
  Predictions for future temperature and precipitation trends for Montana

In addition, participants will learn:

  Climate drivers and perspectives that are specific to farmers and ranchers
  How climate shifts might impact Montana’s agricultural economy
  The variety of water uses and variation across Montana’s different watersheds
  Future predictions related to snowpack, snowmelt, runoff timing and drought
  Direct and indirect effects of changes in precipitation and temperature on Montana forests

The course is free and open to all. For $25, Montana teachers can earn
Office of Public Instruction renewal units, and working professionals can earn
Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The course takes approximately 2.5 hours
to complete in its entirety, and those who earn OPI renewal units or CEUs will
complete a short online report to verify completion.

Credits: Montana Institute on Ecosystems, MSU Academic Technology and Outreach, Mountain Goat Instructional Design

This outreach project was developed by MSU Extended University as a partner of Montana NSF EPSCoR. This project is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant EPS-1101342. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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For more information about CLIMB please contact:
Suzi Taylor
Director of Outreach
Montana State University Academic Technology & Outreach