Global eLearning Program Demystifying Climate Data for Communication and Action


“There’s drama in the numbers, especially when those numbers give you a trend – are things getting better or worse. It’s even more powerful when you can use the trend to understand the crisis, the challenge and the opportunity; and take appropriate action.
Sunita Narain, Director General, Center for Science and Environment

Climate change represents an existential threat to humanity. It is the greatest social, political, economic and environmental challenge facing the world today. As countries continue to reluctantly align themselves to deliver on their climate change pledges, communicating the urgency of this crisis remains a challenge for most stakeholders.

The critical state the world finds itself in was amply highlighted by the recently released Part Two of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR-6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, which provides the most recent understanding of the climate system and climate change, unambiguously holds human activity responsible for climate change and projects its future impacts on us.

The Center for Science and Environment (CSE), one of South Asia’s leading think tanks on development policy, environment and climate change, invites you to join its global training program in line that specifically focuses on one critical aspect to address this challenge: understanding climate data and analyzing it, and using it to tell stories about climate change to different stakeholders.

The training program will also include a special session on the latest IPCC report.

The program is designed to inform established trends and approaches as well as new trends and approaches in data-driven development communications for effective presentation and maximum impact. It will also introduce popular analytical tools and conceptual frameworks, and offer an overview of the global legal and policy framework to better understand climate-related numbers.

What are you going to learn?

  • Data Collection: Learn how and where to search for relevant data on climate change and development.
  • Data Analysis: Develop skills to analyze and interpret trends in science and climate impacts.
  • Data Visualization: Learn to visualize data for effective communication.
  • Report Writing: Develop skills to process, visualize and transform climate data into simple, compelling and informative “stories” for print and the web.

Who can attend?

  • Professionals, government officials and policy makers working on climate change.
  • Academia: professors and researchers, and students associated with climate and sustainable development
  • Climate and development researchers and writers
  • National and international civil society groups, NGOs, climate activists and advocates
  • Sectors: CSR Officers, Public Relations/Communication Officers
  • Data managers and statisticians interested in improving their communication skills
  • Anyone else interested in the subject

Course structure

The self-paced online program will include video lectures, presentations, tutorials, quizzes and assignmentss. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on an in-depth project of their choice. The program will also feature three live interactive sessions to meet the trainers and other participants.

The program has been designed in such a way that it can be followed by regular work or study.

The course is divided into five modules:

Module 1: Introduction to climate change: science, policy and impacts
Unit 2: Data for Effective Communication and Informed Decision-Making on Climate Change for Development – Le monde dans mon jardin
Unit 3: Finding the right climate data
Unit 4: Data processing and analysis to make data meaningful
Module 5: Data visualization


Kiran Pandey
Program Director, Information Management, CSE
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +91-9871215338


Susan Chako
Information Management, CST
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +91-9958387577



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