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Comparing Temperature and Solar Radiation for Common Latitudes DLESE Reviewed Collection
There are various local and regional climates on the Earth's surface. While the overall climate of the Earth is often the focus of research and discussion, individual local climates are important to consider when thinking of indigenous plants and animals. In this lesson, students will choose two locations, preferably in different climate zones, and compare real NASA satellite data for those two locations. The data comes from the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISSCP) and the Surface Radiation Budget Project (SRB). They will analyze solar radiation downward flux between locations to identify patterns and determine variables that may be responsible for differences.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Mathematics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: MYND-000-000-000-074
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Lin Chambers