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NOAA-ESRL Physical Sciences Division (PSD)
The mission of the Physical Sciences Division (PSD) is to address physical science questions of short- and long-term societal and policy relevance within NOAA's Climate and Weather and Water Goals, while conducting the physical process research necessary so that ESRL can help provide the nation with a seamless suite of information and forecast products ranging from short-term weather forecasts to longer-term climate forecasts and assessments. There are many data sets available to download. These could be used for research or to construct an educational exercise. Types of data include precipitation, snow cover, drought index, sea surface temperature, and air temperature. The website also offers several types of climate forecasts, such as seasonal to interannual forecasts, medium range weather forecasts and short term weather forecasts. The El Nino page offers excellent definitions, animations and educational resources. Most of the information is geared toward upper level college or higher. However, the El Nino educational materials are intended for a broader range of audiences.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Hydrology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
In general, information presented on pages served from is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Figures generated via our Web site are in the public domain, and may be downloaded freely. We appreciate acknowledgement of the NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center in your use of any of our Web products. This may be done by including text such as: Image provided by the NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA, from their Web site at
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-871
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: NOAA/Climate Diagnostics Center