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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Research, conducted primarily through the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, drives the NOAA environmental products and services that protect life and property and promote sustainable economic growth. Research, conducted by in-house laboratories and by extramural programs, focuses on enhancing understanding of the environmental phenomena ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Clearinghouse, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical oceanography
 
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory, Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases (CCGG) group makes ongoing discrete measurements from land and sea surface sites and aircraft, and continuous measurements from baseline observatories and tall towers. These measurements document the spatial and temporal distributions of carbon-cycle gases and provide essential ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science
 
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The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers a variety of data on their Real-time Weather Data website. The Surface data page provides an interface so that users can retrieve weather data in raw format or they may choose to translate data to a more user-friendly format, such as gif images. The site contains temperature, precipitation, snow, wind, pressure change data and more. Data is ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography
 
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This commercial website offers weather data from throughout the country. This section focuses on Midwest Temperature. Users can click on weather contour maps and find local weather forecasts. Data also includes wind-chill, humidity, dew point, visibility, snow, jet stream and visible satellite maps. Health maps, UV forecast, flu activity and air quality are also available. From this site users can ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography
 
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This activity, Runaway Greenhouse Effect Exercise, discusses "Why is Venus so much hotter than the Earth?" This is a collaborative problem-solving exercise about the greenhouse effect on Venus. Students role-play biologists, coal geologists, space warfare experts, astronomers, pollution-control scientists, and hydrophysicists. Each student gets a copy of the appropriate briefing sheet (there are 6) ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Space science
 
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This PDF document discusses a field activity for K-12 students. The purpose of the activity is to observe type and cover of clouds including contrails. Students will observe ten types of clouds and how many of three types of contrails are visible, how much of the sky is covered with clouds, and how much is covered by contrails. The PDF is an instructor guide with detailed advice for administering ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Field activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Climatology
 
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In this lab, student teams collect rain-gauge data and compare it with radar-derived (NEXRAD) precipitation estimates. They use GIS to look for discrepancies between the two datasets and explain them by looking for sources of error in the method. This website details the lab's context and learning goals, and includes teaching notes and materials, assessment recommendations, and links to useful references ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Hydrology, Technology
 
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Studies exist that suggest human activities are not causing warming of the Earth. This electronic peer review assignment gives students the opportunity to write about their viewpoint on this highly-debated issue while providing anonymous commentary to a peer's report. This example is part of the Starting Point collection and includes information about learning goals, context, teaching notes and materials, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science
 
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In the activities described on this website, instructors giving a lecture on weathering ask students to calculate weathering rates from tombstone weathering data from urban and rural settings. The Starting Point site includes downloadable teaching materials, information on learning goals and context for the exercise, and links to useful resources and references. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Geology
 
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This site is home to a web-based browse and visualization tool for ice core data archived by the World Data Centers for Paleoclimatology and for Glaciology. This page offers several different ways of finding specific ice core data sets. Browsing can be done by project, by data type, geographically (via the Webmapper applet) and searches are possible by variable, PI and other criteria. Clickable regional ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Cryology
 
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