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This page contains several visualizations which have been prepared in the course of the Global Fluid Dynamics Laboratory's (GFDL) research. Images cover topics such as hurricanes, global warming, radiative transfer, stratospheric processes, El Nino, cyclones and storms, Jupiter and Mars. Some topics also include animations and detailed descriptions. These are offered as examples of various visualization ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical oceanography, Space science
 
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This site is an animated pyramid graph depicting the population of the US by age and sex from 1950 to 2050. The animation runs continuously. Links to other animations and a homepage are also available. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Modeled dataset
Subject: Human geography
 
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The Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) key objective is the prediction of atmospheric and climate changes in the 21st century. On this website, the GISS provides data and images regarding the earth and atmosphere. Users can access earth observations; such as storms, aerosols, temperature, etc., climate forcings; global climate modeling; radiation and astrophysics data. Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset
Subject: Climatology, Environmental science, Physical oceanography, Space science
 
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This website contains a concept map of the bio-geo processes in the Tundra. This concept map is part of a larger collection developed as course materials in Oklahoma State University's Introductory Biology course. Users may access a short description of how to use concept maps and a printable pdf version of the Tundra map. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Geology
 
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This site contains a series of visualizations of the sun, moon and Earth System and how they relate to the changing face of the moon. Animations are in the form of Java applets, forms for field observation of the moon, and a collection of exercises and PDF versions of background material. There are practice questions and quizzes that discuss the animations. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Space science
 
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The Moon Phases java applet provides an animated view of the moon, either from Earth, or from above the ecliptic. The animation changes phases and can be seen from a top view, earth view or both. The page also provides vocabulary terms for each of the phases and other interesting information. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Space science
 
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This Starting Point page provides links to examples of visualizing output from mathematical or statistical models. This has proven to be one of the best ways to introduce introductory geoscience students to the results and behavior of sophisticated models. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Mathematics, Technology
 
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This Starting Point module discusses the use of visualizations in teaching geoscience at the college level. The resources provides information on why visualizations are useful in geoscience instruction as well as providing links to visualization software packages and tips on how to determine which one is right for a particular use. There are also examples of how to use visualizations in class. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This website contains eight maps showing human population density starting in 1 AD. Maps can be viewed as large single maps or as an animation of population change through time. The maps are from a Social Contract article by John H. Hanton, 'End of the Migration Epoch.' Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Map, Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset
Subject: Human geography
 
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Visualizing Topography is an instructional tour illustrating visualizing topography in 3D. The exercise contains Quick Time movies and questions that help students visualize two-dimensional topography in three dimensions. The web site developed by Steven Reynolds at Arizona State University is an exercise illustrating visualizing topography. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Map, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Physical geography
 
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