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Geography and Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most significant environmental challenges facing humankind today. Geography has much to contribute to understanding the complex spatial dimensions of climate change, including the observed and anticipated geographical differentiation in potential impacts and vulnerability. The AAG is engaging with young people and academics, the general public and policymakers to improve understanding of climate change and share climate change research.


Educational Resources

  • Teaching About Global Climate Change - The AAG received funding support from NASA to develop materials for teachers about global climate change. These resources are suitable for geography and social studies teachers at middle and high school levels. For further information visit the Education section
  • Geography and Global Climate Change Clearinghouse - The AAG has developed an interactive source of information and links designed to encourage collaboration and the exchange of information and ideas among geographers—and professionals in related disciplines—with a particular interest in global climate change issues. 


AAG Annual Meeting

There are always sessions on climate change at the Annual Meeting which give geographers an opportunity to present their research, but it has also featured as a key theme of the conference on several occasions with special sessions and high-profile visiting speakers.

  • Climate was one of the main themes of the 2010 Meeting in Washington, DC with over 50 sessions over the course of the conference. The meeting opened with the Presidential Plenary entitled “America’s Climate Choices.” Watch the video 
  • “Geographies of Climate Change” was a key theme of the 2014 Meeting in Tampa which opened with Julie Winkler’s Presidential Plenary. See the featured sessions 
  • At the 2015 Meeting in Chicago, Past President Julie Winkler delivered an address on “Embracing the Complexity and Uncertainty of Climate Change.” Watch the video


Past projects

  • Integrating Research on Climate Change and Hazards in the Americas - The AAG, in collaboration with a range of national and international partners, received funding from the National Science Foundation’s PASI Program to explore how to develop a more integrated mechanism for sharing knowledge on climate change and hazards in the Americas. See the Climate Change and Hazards Education Knowledge Environment website for further information. 
  • AAG representation at UN climate negotiations - The AAG was granted status to send representation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. A group of AAG members were Official Observers at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP-15) where a framework for climate change mitigation beyond 2012 was to be agreed. Read about their experiences in the blog.



Geographies of Climate Change  
Special Issue of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, edited by Richard Aspinall
Volume 100, Issue 4, October 2010


Useful links

AAG Climate Specialty Group  
Aims to encourage climatological research, to promote climatological education, to promote the exchange of climatological ideas and information, to promote the interests of climatology within the discipline of geography; and to develop contacts and coordination with other climatological organizations.