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Oregon Climate Change Research Institute


11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Data

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon



Future Climate Predictions for Oregon Counties

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  • This resource provides detailed reports for most counties in Oregon, giving projections for various weather events and environmental changes due to climate change.
  • The files are downloadable and include a variety of graphs, data, and graphics.
Teaching Tips


  • The reports contain a table of contents, summary, and images to aid in comprehension.
  • Students can see how the effects of climate change vary in different regions, even within one state.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You can download the reports to use offline or share them with students that don't have access to the Internet.
  • Because the reports are more than 20 pages, you may want to consider using a specific section that closely relates to your lesson or divide up the reading.
  • Students should know how to read graphs and charts.


  • Language arts classes can use any of these papers for lessons relating to writing scientific reports, comprehending factual reporting, or nonfiction reading strategies.
  • Science classes can use various sections of the reports to analyze the predicted environmental changes, discuss how the changes may affect animal and plant communities, and then estimate which solutions will be most effective to protect the environments and communities considered.
  • Math classes can use the many graphs and charts for lessons about rate of change calculations, functions, or data analysis.
  • Students with learning differences or English language learners may need some vocabulary terms defined, and they may want to use a graphic organizer to take notes as they read.
Scientist Notes
This page links to reports about how climate change is impacting different counties in Oregon. A figure displaying the counties and years that each report was completed or updated is available. The reports are detailed and can get quite technical at times but are still understandable, especially for older students. They do have easier-to-read summaries at the beginning of each report and key findings are highlighted in the report. These summaries may also include a chart that shows how confident scientists are about each impact. Reports are broken down into different sections that focus on a particular impact, such as heat waves, cold temperatures, flooding, wildfires, etc. Initially, all the reports give an overview of climate change and how it is modeled and studied. Appendices and resources are provided with each report. The reports are a great example of scientific writing, how it is structured, and how data can be displayed. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Functions: Interpreting Functions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.B.6 Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.
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