Montana's Changing Climate Online Module

Dates: August 1, 2018

Meets: Self paced online course - 2.5 hours

Course fee: $0.00
CEU: $25.00
OPI: $25.00

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.

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

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

OPI/CEU: 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 including an online report to verify completion.

Instructors: Kelsey Jencso, Montana Climate Office; Bruce Maxwell, Montana State University; Wyatt Cross, Montana State University; Ashley Ballantyne, University of Montana

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

Fee:   $0.00

optional: Fee Breakdown

Fee Breakdown

Course fee$ 0.00
CEU$ 25.00
OPI$ 25.00

Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE)

The Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) is a Montana community of scholars and partners with a shared vision to advance integrated environmental sciences and related fields. We draw on the extraordinary landscapes of Montana and beyond to understand complex ecosystems including the interconnectedness of people and nature.


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