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Navigating the Yale Climate Opinion Maps

The Yale Climate Opinion Maps tool is a way to explore how Americans’ climate change beliefs vary across the country. Navigating the Yale Climate Opinion Maps is a question guide that will help students use this interactive tool. 


The Yale Climate Opinion Maps (YCOM) allow users to visualize and explore differences in public opinion about global warming in the United States in unprecedented geographic detail. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication regularly updates YCOM using national survey data in order to accurately reflect current public opinion. The interactive and up-to-date nature of this tool makes it a perfect model for students to manipulate in order to explore beliefs around climate change both locally and nationally. Visit the Educator Page to learn more about how students will use Navigating the Yale Climate Opinion Maps to explore the Yale Climate Opinion Maps tool.

Goals and Standards:

  1. Manipulate a model to compare and contrast local, state, and national climate change beliefs.
  2. Explore how scientists use models to understand a problem.
  3. Interpret data from a model.
  4. Make data-based decisions using a model.
Common Core ELA Standards: RH.6-8.1, RH.9-10.1, RH.11-12.1, RI.6.7, RI.8.7,
Common Core Math Standards: MP.2, MP.5,
NGSS Performance Expectations: MS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-1,