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There are several factors that influence the climate or prevailing weather conditions for any given location on Earth. The most important factor is the latitude of the location because that affects the amount of solar radiation received throughout the year. Other factors include its distance from a body of water (its moisture source), elevation and local topography. In this 6 to 10 day unit plan, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan, Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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GIS enables students to geo-reference multiple data sets creating layers. This essentially becomes a vertical profile of data, information, photographs etc. that when viewed as a body of information can present a fairly comprehensive view of that location. Based on data associated with latitude and longitude, students now have the ability to examine geo-referenced data sets derived on Earth, and from ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Physical geography, Physical oceanography, Technology
 
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This lesson is designed to help students gain knowledge in graphing a microset of data, then using the graphs to investigate trends in cloud coverage over a given locale. Students are provided content-related activities to enhance background knowledge in cloud types, and then are provided detailed instructions on how to download data from the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) and to use Excel ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Climatology, Environmental science
 
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This lesson is designed to help students gain knowledge in graphing a microset of data, then using the graphs to investigate the relationship between volcanic activity and the presence of atmospheric aerosols. The lesson provides detailed procedure, related links and sample graphs, follow-up questions and extensions, and Teacher Notes. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Climatology, Environmental science
 
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This lesson explores El Nino by looking at sea surface temperature, sea surface height, and wind vectors in order to seek out any correlations there may be among these three variables. It employs group work where different teams work together to analyze a single variable, and then get together in different groups to compare all three variables. The lesson will guide students through data representing ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography
 
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Students will make predictions by linking current scientific satellite data to concerns about global climate change. Using maps of sea surface temperature (SST) and ocean surface winds, students will learn how differential heating of Earth results in circulation patterns in the atmosphere and oceans that globally distribute the heat. Students will learn the relationship between the rotation of Earth ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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One of the strongest observed ENSO events of the century began to unfold in 1997. Fortunately, an extensive network of satellite and ocean buoy instruments was prepared to monitor and record the historical event. In this lesson, students will collect data from the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server to understand how scientists detect the onset of El Nino conditions and the reversal to La Nina conditions ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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The Sun heats the Earth, but the Earth also emits some of the heat back into space. The net amount of energy determines not only seasonal weather, but also climate trends. According to NOAA, monthly snow and ice amounts have declined over the past decade. By matching maps of snow and ice amounts with maps of net radiation flux for the same time frame, this lesson will give students the opportunity ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Climatology, Ecology, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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This web based story tells of Tutangiaq (nicknamed 2T), a Canada Goose, who flies across the remote state of Alaska looking for his family. As he flies, he tells children about this fascinating 49th state of the US. Children learn how Alaska was purchased from the Russians, and other amazing facts about the state. They compare Alaska to other states that they may be living in or visiting. 2T takes ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Tutorial, Illustration - artistic, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Book - text
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Climatology, Cryology, Environmental science, Human geography, Physical geography, Geology, Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards, Physical oceanography, Policy issues, Space science, Technology
 
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Several research studies have suggested that contrails (condensation trails from aircraft) can alter the radiative budget of the Earth by increasing the cloud cover at high altitudes. The tragic events of September 11, 2001, caused virtually all air traffic to be grounded over the US for nearly three days. The absence of contrails over the United States during this time gave scientists a unique opportunity ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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