Here you can find videos on climate-related topics, explaining how the climate system works, how data is collected and what the data is telling us about the climate.


A guide to ‘Climate’

What is is climate? The Met Office explains what climate is and how different factors affect it.


The climate system

A step further.. How does the climate system work? (Explained by the Met Office)


Atmospheric cells

Why does Earth have deserts? Why are rainforests wet? Hadley Cells distribute energy, heat and moisture. Video created by Minute Earth, and a further video explains why rain has a special relationship with rainforests.


How jet-streams cause unexpected and extreme weather

Climate and weather scientists from the USA and University of Reading discuss how processes in the climate system can cause erratic weather in the Northern Hemisphere. Arctic sea ice influences the jet-streams in the atmosphere which affect the weather we experience. As one commenter puts it: “Climate science and weather science are really fascinating. So many more details exist than I’d ever suspected.” (Yale Climate Forum, published in Spring 2013)


Time-lapse cameras recording glaciers

Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate. (TED Talk, filmed in Oxford in 2009)


Studying chemicals in the atmosphere

Atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides a glimpse of the massive scientific effort behind the bold headlines on climate change, with her team taking a risky flight over the rainforest in pursuit of data on a key molecule. (TED Talk, filmed in 2009)


How carbon dioxide warms the climate

Climate physicist Myles Allen from Oxford University explains how carbon dioxide (CO2) warms our climate. This is one of many videos from Thin Ice outlining climate science.


Temperature records

Myles Allen (Oxford University) and Phil Jones (University of East Anglia) discuss temperature records. Although it is measured daily around the world, it is the long-term trends which are important. (Thin Ice video short)


Carbon and temperature in the geological record

Bryan Lovell (Cambridge University), a longtime oil geologist, explains how analysis of rocks led to his deep concern about the buildup of carbon dioxide. He talks about evidence of a dramatic warming event that took place 55 million years ago, which he also wrote about for us: Challenged by carbon: rocks and climate change. (Recorded with Andrew Revkin of the New York Times in 2011)


Fossils and past climate

Palaeo-biologist Martin Brasier shows how the fossil record can be used to tell us what the climate and environment used to be like. (Thin Ice video short)


Drilling for ice cores

Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate. (TED Talk, filmed in 2011)


Ice cores and interglacials

Eric Wolff of the British Antarctic Survey talks about ice cores and interglacials (warm periods between ice ages). (Geological Society of London Lectures, filmed in 2012)


Climate scientist talking about being a climate scientist

Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. When immersed in the research, it is hard not to become passionate about what it tells us. (TED Talk, filmed in 2012)


Guide to climate models

An animation by the Met Office explaining how climate is modelled and why modelling it is useful. Visit our section on climate modelling for more information.