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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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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 Starting Point webpage is the summary of a role-playing resource called Mock Environmental Summit. The exercise takes place at the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming. Students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on the Santa Barbara protocol, dealing with global warming. The students prepare by studying the IPCC report on ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Climatology, Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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Over the course of several lessons, this lesson plan deals with the consequences of damming in the Grand Canyon area. Students act as scientists investigating the damming of the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon dam and experimental flooding that took place in 1996. They then write a proposal as to whether or not more experimental flooding should be done on the area considering the ecological effects. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Climatology, Ecology, Geology, Policy issues
 
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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 website provides information about field trips. The site was written specifically for those participating is field research but information applies to wilderness camping and classroom field trips. The site 'aims to pass on some knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of safe field research by focusing on outdoorsmanship as it relates to outdoor research.' Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Biology, Climatology, Human geography, Natural hazards
 
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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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