School of Mathematics

Climate Change and Mathematics

On this page you can find some resources for S4+ students. They give an overview of how Mathematics can help us to study and analyse Climate Change, and work to protect our planet.

Climate Change is one of the biggest issues that we are currently facing, but did you know that there is actually a lot of maths behind it?  Check out these resources to see some of the number crunching that Climate Scientists do in their fight to save our planet!

This resource pack contains a Power Point presentation and a lesson plan, to be used by teachers as they see fit. You can find such documents by clicking on the links below.

Overview and Lesson Plan
The Mathematics of Climate Change: PowerPoint presentation

NOTE: Each of the slides in the presentation contains explanatory notes. We advise that you download the PowerPoint file, so that you can see the accompanying notes, and you are able to edit the presentation if you so wish.

A slide-by-slide guide can also be found on the document below.

Slide-by-slide guide to the presentation 


The resources were produced by Mary O'Brien, under the supervision of Francesca Iezzi.

Compatibly with our resources and capacity, we would be very happy to run online workshops for Scottish schools on the topic. If you would like us to run a workshop in your school, please contact Dr Francesca Iezzi at


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