The C3S Climate & Energy Education Demonstrator (C3S Edu Demo) aims to inform, raise awareness and provide data about climate change and related energy issues. A key objective of the C3S Edu Demo is to enhance user experience, to allow students and teachers to seamlessly navigate through the various options. The C3S Edu Demo is being designed to be integrated with and to complement  existing school curricula, including the International Baccalaureate.

The first C3S Edu Demo Users Workshop is on Monday 27th January at 12-2pm UTC. For more details and to sign up: click here.

Contractor: WEMC

Software Development: Nth Work

Project Background:

This work is supported by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), a programme being implemented by the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission.


Variable Fact Sheets

Click on an icon below to download a factsheet for that variable, containing definitions, fun facts, a glossary and more!

Climate Variables

The following climate variables can be selected via the Edu Demo: air temperature, wind speed (at 10m height), total precipitation and solar radiation. These are chosen both for their importance as climatic indicators, but also because the are the main factors affecting the energy variables displayed with the Edu Demo.

Air temperature is the main indicator of how the climate evolves. It is linked to electricity demand, and can also affect solar power production.

Wind speed provides an indication of the strength of the atmospheric circulation. It is also linked to wind power production.

Precipitation provides an indication of how wet or dry the earth system is. It is also linked to hydroelectric production (the latter is not currently available on the Edu Demo).

Solar radiation is the amount of energy coming from the sun that reaches the ground. It is also linked to solar power production.

Energy Variables

The following energy variables can be selected via the Edu Demo:

Electricity demand, wind power production and solar (photo voltaic) power production.

Electricity demand is what the electricity system needs to produce in order to keep the lights on.

Wind and solar power are fast growing renewable sources of power.

Educational Videos

Solar Radiation Patterns Across Europe

This video explores the pattern of solar radiation across Europe, how it changes throughout the year, and why these patterns exist.

**This is a proof-of-concept ‘pilot’ video demonstrating educational application and concepts for learning using the C3S Climate & Energy Education Demonstrator tool**

Tutorial Videos

C3S Climate & Energy Education Demonstrator: A Demonstration

A demonstration of the C3S Climate & Energy Education Demonstrator application tool. This video gives you a whistle-stop tour of the tool’s key features, capabilities and functions. It also provides an example of how to use the tool in an educational setting, using a enquiry question.

C3S User Learning Service (ULS) Lessons

Webinars & Workshops


Stakeholder Workshop (online): Monday 27th January 2020

Explore the tool in further depth and help us develop it to its full potential from the comfort of your own home or workplace. This first online user-consultation workshop will guide teachers and educators to engage with the tool to experience its educational potential.

The workshop will feature an interview with a teacher, providing their perspective and context to how the C3S Education Demo could be used and applied in the classroom. There will be interactive discussion and tasks allowing attendees to discover for themselves how the tool could be used in different contexts, including beyond education, which will include the opportunity to reflect and evaluate helping us to ensure the tool has a sustainable legacy as an educational resource.

Register for the workshop here

Teacher Workshop: Saturday 18th April 2020

For educators who teach Geography, Science, Mathematics and related subjects to 7-18 years (UK Key Stage 2, 3, 4 & 5).

This workshop allows you to explore powerful interactive climate services designed for industry but useful for the classroom. It will also introduce a brand new free, online interactive tool to explore climate and energy data designed for educational use in consultation with teachers and experts thanks to funding from the European Commission through the ECMWF Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

Part of the Geographical Association (GA) Conference 2020 programme at the University of Surrey, Guildford. Room 32MS01. See https://sched.co/YaiL for scheduling details from the GA. Registration for the conference necessary.


Launch webinar: Tuesday 7th January 2020

The launch of the new exciting educational tool to explore climate and energy data. The full agenda and line-up can be found on the event page.

Watch the webinar recording here:

C3S Edu Demo Webinar 001


ABSOLUTE AIR TEMPERATURE The actual number of a given measurement from zero (0): “The thermometer says the temperature is 14.3°C”

AIR PRESSURE The ‘weight’ of air molecules that press down on the Earth. As air warms it becomes lighter and less dense. This is called ‘low’ pressure and often gives you windy, unsettled weather. ‘High’ pressure tends to give you calm, settled and sunny weather.

ANOMALY The difference between what you would expect based on an average of past readings and what was recorded: “December 2010 in Germany was 5.61°C colder than the average over the 30 years before”

ANNUAL AIR TEMPERATURE The mean air temperature for an entire year (January to December) for a given place: “The annual air temperature for France in 2006 was 12.25°C”

DROUGHT Can be defined as a prolonged period of below average rainfall which usually leads to a shortage of water: “The drought in the south-east of the United Kingdom has forced the government to issue a hose-pipe ban”

ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION How much electricity has been consumed over a period of time. If you used your 50W laptop for two hours, it will consume 100 watt hours (50×2) of electricity. It is this measure that energy companies use to work out your household energy bill.

ELECTRICITY DEMAND How much electricity is being consumed at a specific time. The electrical items you use at home will have a ‘wattage’ rating, stating how much electricity it will demand. For example, a laptop may demand around 20-65 watts (W), but an oven may demand around 2000W. This is important for energy companies to know so they can plan to ensure everyone receives enough electricity.

FLASH FLOODING When a large amount of precipitation falls during a short space of time leading to a flood which comes very quickly after the storm: “A month’s worth of rain fell in 2 hours causing flash flooding and mudslides.”

LATITUDE The measure of how far a place is on Earth, north or south from the equator. The equator is given the number 0 (zero) degrees and the further north or south you go, that number goes up. The north pole is 90 degrees north and the south pole is 90 degrees south.

LONG-TERM MEAN An average that has been taken over a long period of time, usually 30 years or so. For example, Spain’s June solar radiation long-term mean for the years 1981 to 2010 was 305W/m2.

MONTHLY RAINFALL The amount of rainfall recorded in one month. Rainfall can be recorded over any time period, such as a day or a year: “79mm of rain fell in October this year”

PEAK ELECTRICITY DEMAND The period of time where the highest amount of electricity is demanded from the energy grid. In most European countries, for homes, this is in the afternoon when everyone gets home from work and starts cooking dinner and turning on things like the TV!

SEASONAL Something that changes as the seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter) change. Solar radiation, and so the heat and light a place gets from the sun, can be much less in the winter than in the summer, for example.

STORM SURGE A rise in sea level due to very low air pressure and strong winds. Storm surges can be very destructive to coastlines that are in their path. One of the most devastating storm surges to hit Europe was in 1953, causing damage and loss of life along the North Sea coastlines of the UK, Belgium and Netherlands.

VARIABLE WIND Wind speed and direction can change quickly. There may be a sudden gust, which is a burst of high wind speed, for example. When a low-pressure weather system, called a depression, passes over you, winds may get faster or slower, and can change direction in a matter of hours even minutes.

For more in-depth glossaries covering a wider range of related terms, visit:

Downloading map data currently produces a .csv file where the countries and sub-divisions are labelled by a code. Please see below for a reference sheet that allows you to identify the spatial areas.

Reference image showing country 'sub-division' codes and their assigned geographical names (click for larger image)

Current version: v1.3 (22/01/2020)

  • New feature: Ability to download data (CSV, XLSX, JSON) and capture an image (JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF) from the current graph on display
  • New feature: User (password-free) sign-in form and ability to consent to update mailings
  • Bug fix: Slider and map no longer displays two sets of 2017 & 2018 for solar and wind energy
  • Bug fix: Units on graph pop-up labels for temperature, wind speed, solar radiation, electricity demand, solar PV and wind energy no longer incorrectly displaying ‘/y’, ‘/seas’, ‘/mth’ or ‘/day’
  • Bug fix: Tour now appears again on start-up and when ‘Tour’ is clicked in the hamburger menu

Known issues

  • Graph module stays active but is blank of plot when kept open switching between different datasets
  • Wind speed ‘absolute’ legend upper-end is 7 m/s, but dataset contains data points which are greater in value



Previous versions

v1.2.1 (15/01/2020)

  • Update: Performance improvements
  • Bug fix: Downloading data using ‘download button’ at top right no longer produces “web’s server IP address could not be found” error
  • Bug fix: Energy model title on filter menu now displays the correct energy scenario model selected

v1.2 (06/01/2020)

  • New feature: Ability to select from five different energy projection models for energy variables
  • Update: ‘Resources’ menu link
  • Bug fix: text description of projected long-term mean for ‘low’ emission scenario now appears
  • Bug fix: ‘Projection’ text no longer showing by slider for datasets that only contain historical data
  • Bug fix: Precipitation anomaly map now displays data as percentage rather than absolute differences
  • Bug fix: Downloading factsheet for ‘Electricity Demand’, ‘Solar PV’ and ‘Wind Energy’ no longer returns a 404 error

v1.1 (11/12/2019)

  • New feature: Ability to zoom map using mouse scroll-wheel
  • New feature: User able to provide quick feedback via passive button on right-edge of screen
  • Update: Map legend now displays data units
  • Bug fix: Historical long-term mean plot (dashed orange line) on ‘all seasons’ and ‘all months’ now plotting accurately
  • Bug fix: ‘Letterboxing’ of display no longer occurring on Firefox

We want your feedback on the C3S Edu Demo!

Please share opinions, feature requests and bug reports using our contact form below, or by using the feedback tab on the Edu Demo. All responses help us improve and develop this exciting new tool.

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