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The Visual Geophysical Exploration Environment (VGEE) is a software tool that is specially designed to help learners visualize complex, multi-dimensional geophysical phenomena and connect those visualizations to fundamental physical principles. The tool works with actual data sets of The El Nino Southern Oscillation. An additional data set of mantle convection will be available in the future. The ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit, Modeled dataset, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Educational theory and practice, Physical oceanography
 
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WorldWatcher is scientific visualization software for geospatial data, and is available for both Macintosh and Windows. The software provides an environment for students to explore, interpret and analyze scientific data in a manner which allows them to emulate the work of actual scientists. WorldWatcher contains data libraries for earth energy balance, climate, physical geography and human geography. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Human geography, Physical geography
 
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The goal of this introductory college level exercise is to get students to characterize the phenomenon of the ozone hole on their own. This is an inquiry-based activity designed to spark student interest, curiosity, and a desire to understand the causes of this atmospheric problem. A multitude of rich data sets are accessible to students. There are several sections, each linked with data sets and ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Environmental science
 
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Planetary Forecaster is an inquiry-based science curriculum that integrates hands-on lab activities with the use of technology for exploration and modeling. In this curriculum, students explore the major factors leading to temperature variation around the globe, and then use what they learn to make temperature predictions and identify the habitable areas on a fictional, newly discovered planet. The ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Curriculum, Lesson plan, Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science, Physical geography
 
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NOAA's nowCOAST is a web-based tool for viewing coastal and hydrologic data. The tool provides spatially-referenced links to real-time observations and NOAA forecasts for the US seaports, estuaries, coastal ocean, Great Lakes, and rivers. Data types include tides, wave heights, weather, stream flows and water quality. Users navigate the map by selecting locations and stations, then selecting the desired ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Hydrology, Physical oceanography
 
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This site provides access to real-time oceanographic and meteorological data from approximately 70 moored buoys in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Data types include wind, air and sea temperature, precipitation, humidity, pressure, radiation, and salinity. The data can be displayed as a summary, time series, latitude/longitude, section, or 3-D animated plot. Data and graphic displays are updated every ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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The Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) is a software framework for analyzing and visualizing geoscience data sets collected by the Unidata Program. The IDV may be used to display and analyze satellite imagery, gridded data, surface observations, balloon soundings, radar data and more. Most of the data are provided in real time or near-real time. The IDV can display data anywhere on the globe with a wide ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: In-situ dataset, Modeled dataset, Remotely sensed dataset, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical oceanography
 
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The NOAA Operational Model Archive and Distribution System (NOMADS), is an archive of climate model data. The web site provides access to the data repository at the National Climate Data Center. The web interface allows users to create, display, and download plots, use ftp to download parameters and files, and access the data directly from a desktop computer. The interface is easy to navigate and ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal, Modeled dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical oceanography
 
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This site contains several sets of precipitation data from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Data sources include the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, global precipitation data, and hydrology field experiments. Data sets include real time, monthly or daily global precipitation analyses, precipitation patterns in the tropical Pacific, and El Nino precipitation analyses. Data may be viewed in raw ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset, Modeled dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Hydrology
 
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The SAGUARO project CD-ROM features three learning modules that use GIS to learn about earth system science. The three modules - Exploring Tropical Cyclones, Exploring the Dynamic Earth, and Exploring Water Resources - use GIS to help students identify physical and spatial relationships and construct multiple representations of data as maps, tables, charts, and graphic layouts. The modules use a multimedia ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Module / Unit, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Physical geography, Geology, Hydrology
 
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