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The Vostok ice core has a long record of global carbon dioxide concentrations, with variations caused by factors other than photosynthesis and human activity. Ice core data sets from three different authors are available for download. Users can also link to other NOAA paleoclimate projects and information. Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Cryology
 
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This website covers a Scientific American article "Hot Words: A claim of nonhuman-induced global warming sparks debate" by David Appell. Users may also follow links to the full Scientific American Digital website. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science
 
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This page describes the tilt of the Earth's axis, its elliptical orbit, the length of the year and their relation to certain long-term cycles. Topics include the Milankovitch Cycles (cyclic changes in the direction of the Earth's rotation axis in space) and changes in obliquity (the tilt of the Earth's axis with respect to a direction perpendicular to its orbital plane). Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Space science
 
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The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) provides radar data and derived products are on their Radar Resources webpage. The system from which these data are collected is the Weather Surveillance Radar-1988 Doppler network (WSR-88 Radar) which began operation at a few sites in 1991. Users can get and view online radar data, access products and publications, review data inventories, access the online ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Module / Unit, In-situ dataset, Modeled dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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WeatherTap.com is a subscription service for online weather data. For 74 dollars a year, users can access numerous including real-time radar, high-resolution satellite imagery, lightning data, complete aviation and severe weather coverage and more. WeatherTap can be used to plot custom locations with lat/long coordinates, monitor individual storm tracks and attributes, measure distance, plot range ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Commercial portal, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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The What Should We Do About Global Warming module is a 3-4 week science module designed for introductory college courses and uses data to tackle questions related to global warming. The module includes short and long term temperature trend data, along with IR spectra, concentration trend data for greenhouse gases, and information about the Kyoto Protocol. Many of the data are in graphs which are part ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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This lab activity is part of the Starting Point collection. In this short, serial basic-meteorology lab, students identify different cloud types and estimate cloud cover over a period of several days. This website details learning goals, context for the lab, and teaching notes. A list of teaching materials and links to further resources are also provided. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Field activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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In this activity, students work in groups, plotting carbon dioxide concentrations over time on overheads. They are asked to estimate, from their plots, the rate of change over five years. This Starting Point site details the carbon dioxide activity and highlights its learning goals and context, downloadable teaching materials, and additional links to references and resources. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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This site displays a click-and-zoom map of the US showing forecast temperatures as well as several other meteorological variables, normally updated every hour. Also available are maps showing chance of precipitation, temperature and wind, weather, dew point, weather, precipitation, dew point and cover. Maps can be changed to see forecasts for the current day, that night, and three days following. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Modeled dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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The NEXRAD National Mosaic Reflectivity site allows users to search for reflectivity images by date. Daily images are available for 1 April 1995 to 18 April 1997, and hourly images are available for 19 April 1997 to 22 March 2004. The images are clickable maps that allows users to zoom in and out of the United States reflectivity images. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Modeled dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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