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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) provides climate data for the United States. These data are primarily intended for the study of climate variability and change. Whenever possible, observations have been adjusted to account for the artificial effects introduced into the climate record by factors such as instrument changes, station relocations, observer practice changes and urbanization. ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: In-situ dataset, Modeled dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website provides climate information and data. This site offers a variety of product links to climate monitoring, climate at a glance data, U.S. drought assessment, global climate change information, weather observation stations and more. Users can also link to organizations which participate in climate research such as the National Climate Data ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Ref. material, Clearinghouse, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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This webpage shows the extent of global tundra on a map of the world. The map is part of the Windows to the Universe, a user-friendly learning system covering the Earth and Space sciences for use by the general public. The goal of the Windows to the Universe project is to build an internet site that includes a rich array of documents, including images, movies, animations, and data sets, that explore ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map
Subject: Climatology, Physical geography
 
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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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This Starting Point webpage is a summary of a role-playing resource called Worldwatcher Project: Global Warming Project. In this exercise, students role-play advisors to various heads of state on the subject of global warming. The web site offers a short curriculum to help the students become experts on global warming. It offers lab activities, computer visualizations (using free WorldWatcher software), ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Climatology, Policy issues
 
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The Forest Factory classroom exercise is an introduction to the topic of weather forecasting. Students role-play the various elements in forecasting process such as equations, announcers, data analysts, and airplanes. By following the script, the students will summarize the entire process in a single class period. This lesson plan is well suited to large classes in lecture-hall settings. This Starting ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
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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This lab studies glacial deposits to determine where glaciers come from, how they deposit material, and what glaciation records tell us about glacial processes. Building a context for its use, including links to related field labs, this website details the learning goals of this lab. It includes teaching notes and materials, as assessment recommendation, and links to additional resources and references. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Field activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Climatology, Geology
 
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