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This exercise was developed for a paleoclimatology course in order to educate graduate students about the availability of archived paleoclimate data and provide them with the opportunity to perform analyses of these data at a near-professional level. Two datasets are accessed, one from Vostok Station, Antarctica and the other from Greenland (GRIP database). The databases are not directly comparable ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Project
Subject: Climatology, Cryology
 
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This classroom activity allows students to use water surface temperature, bathymetric data and weather data to look at trends in the water temperature of the Great Lakes. The exercise asks students to make predictions, and then use the data to answer questions. The site contains everything that is needed for the exercise, including student handouts, maps, links to data sources, and background information ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Imagery - remotely sensed, In-situ dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Climatology, Hydrology
 
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The Oklahoma Mesonet is a network of 110 monitoring stations that measure environmental parameters including air, wind, moisture, soil, pressure, and radiation. Data are available from the Mesonet website as maps, interactive products, public safety indices, weather trends, statistics, meteograms, agricultural models, and summary products. Mesonet data can be displayed using software developed at ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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This whitepaper from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, focuses on the possibility of abrupt and dramatic climate change and the effects of such a shift. The whitepaper includes several useful scientific visualizations and animations describing the global conveyor belt and its connection to abrupt climate change. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Report
Subject: Climatology, Physical oceanography
 
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The Climate Timeline (CTL) is a tool for examining climate change and variability at different time scales (days, months, decades, centuries). This site defines variability, links to related resources and offers an interactive climatic variance visualization. It is supported by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the NOAA Paleoclimatology Program, and the National ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Climatology, Geologic time
 
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This animation on the Climate TimeLine (CTL) site depicts changes in land cover due to land use over the past 100 years. Data is based on census data, tax records, land surveys, and historical geography estimates. This visualization is the work of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM, Netherlands) and the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE, USA). ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Climatology, Environmental science
 
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This site features GIFs, Java applets, MPEGs, and Flash animations that illustrate various forms of precipitation and moisture. They include an animation of air parcels and water vapor colliding with condensation nuclei which results in condensation and cloud formation, an interactive precipitation animation applet that allows the user to set wet and dry bulb temperatures to see if snow, ice, freezing ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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This site features a QuickTime animation with audio, a series of Java applets, and an MPEG that illustrate various aspects of atmospheric heating. They explain Earth's radiation balance, show the user how to draw temperature contours, and depict the basic idea of an urban heat island. These resources portray a variety of environments and are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities. ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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Through static map interface, the Climate Diagnostic Center provides access to plots of current and historical United States temperature, precipitation and PDSI drought maps. The interface allows users to plot the raw data and view map visualizations of data. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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This class page holds online modules for undergraduates in environmental science. Basic Skills and Principles starts with experimental analysis, statistics and graphing, and measurement. Energy and Biogeochemical Cycling continue with more advanced exercises. Each module features review material, notes, and short lessons, and some have PDF activity sheets for download. This resource is part of the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Ecology, Environmental science
 
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