Welcome to the Meteorology Research Guide.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in Meteorology classes.

Guides for other Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering are linked at Physical Sciences.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian: Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Articles
  3. Websites
  4. Emergency Responder/Disaster

Finding Books

Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by
material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic
Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a College of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.
Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.


The Library owns many Meteorology films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Check the list of titles within the Earth Science A-V guide at:

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Access the article databases listed below.

Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings

Internet Meteorology Sites

  • College of DuPage Weather Page
    From the Department of Meteorology at College of DuPage, this site includes satellite images, radar, and local forecasts tailored for the DuPage County region, as well as useful links to other weather sites.
  • Global Change Master Directory
    Provides access to Earth science data sets and services relevant to the global change and Earth science research from agencies worldwide. Lists more than 15,000 descriptions of Earth science data sets and services covering all aspects of Earth and environmental sciences.
  • Illinois State Climatologist Office
    Historical summaries, climate maps, tornadoes and other climatological data unique to Illinois.
  • JPL/NASA Earth Watch
    Reports on climate change, weather, and environmental effects of human activities based on data from spacecraft and instruments aboard NASA satellites.
  • Jetstream
    A website run by the national weather service, has explanations of several different types of weather and tools, including thunderstorms, tropical weather, and dopper radar.
  • Lightning and Atmospheric Electricity Research at the Global Hydrology and Climate Center
    A primer on the history and science of lightning studies, as well as data from the GHCC's Lightning Team.
  • MetEd
    A nonprofit with several (free) short courses on a variety of weather topics. Registration is required.
  • Midwestern Regional Climate Center
    The MRCC serves the nine-state Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin) and provides historical data from observation stations across the region, along with useful links to climate and weather internet resources.
  • National Weather Service
    Division of NOAA providing weather forecasts, satellite and radar images, outlooks, and weather warnings.
  • NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    The government agency that oversees weather forecasting and research, climate studies, satellite imaging, and ocean and coastal mapping and research. Check the Site Map at the bottom first to see the huge variety of weather, climate, and environmental pages available.
  • NCAR Real-Time Weather Data
    From the National Center for Atmospheric Research, visuals and reports of current satellite, radar, surface, upper air, and forecasts for the U.S.
  • University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences
    Champaign-Urbana and Illinois weather, instructional modules for many meteorological topics under "WW2010" and Severe and Hazardous Weather.
  • WINDandSEA: An Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator
    Over 1,000 selected links to science and policy sites for climate, weather, oceanography and related environmental topics. Last update 2009.
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) tracks polar ice and snow data.
  • The National Resources Conservation Service includes snow data.

Internet Climate Change Sites

  • Climate Central
    Climate Central is an organization of scientists and journalists who research and report the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the American public. Site displays news items, reports on aspects of climate change, images, and videos.
  • EPA Climate Change Site
    The Environmental Protection Agency's guide to the issue of climate change: scientific background, causes, actions.
  • EPA Ozone Depletion
    Guide to the science, regulations, and alternatives to ozone-depleting substances from the Environmental Protection Agency. Last updated 2010.
  • Global Climate Change from NASA
    Data and images from NASA sensors that show evidence of climate change.
  • Global Warming from NOAA.
    Information on many aspects of climate change.
  • United Nations Climate Change Portal
    Summary of information on evidence for climate change worldwide, including extensive reports on topics such as The Science, Mitigation, Adaptation, Technology, Negotiations.

Disaster Preparedness Websites

RSOE-EDIS "monitors and documents all the events on the Earth which may cause disaster or emergency." Includes an Alertmap.
Pacific Disaster Center Use their tools to find information on "hazards," including tsunamis, earthquakes, and other disasters. You can also use their interactive map to track current hazards.
Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System is run by the United Nations, European Commission and other disaster-aware groups. Use the clickable map to find an event, and then click on it to get more information. You can sign up for a free account to access even more info.

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