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El Nino and La Nina are important temperature fluctuations in surface waters of the tropical Pacific Ocean. In this lesson, students will create maps and line graphs of data to compare the effects of El Nino and La Nina at two different longitudinal locations, but at the same latitude, using sea surface temperature and precipitation from real satellite data. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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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. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Mathematics
 
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The Darby Creek watershed encompasses an area of approximately 550 square miles in central Ohio. The Big and Little Darby Creeks are well known for their vast diversity and abundance of aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. They are home to eighty-six species of fish, five of which are endangered. Forty-one species of freshwater mollusks live in these waters, eight of which are on the Ohio endangered ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Biology, Climatology, Ecology, Technology
 
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Earth's albedo is the fraction of incoming radiation (sunlight) that is reflected into space. The Earth has an average albedo, which describes how much sunlight is reflected on average for the whole planet and the whole year. The Earth also has a local albedo, which determines how much of the Sun's light is reflected from a particular place at a particular time. The local albedo depends on the particular ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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The type of climate present in a particular location depends on several variables, including surface temperature and annual precipitation. One indicator of a locale' s climate is the vegetation present, a relationship used by the Koeppen system of climate classification. Using a microset of satellite data to investigate vegetation of a particular climate zone, students will identify factors that influence ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Climatology, Ecology
 
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There are many factors that affect an area's near surface temperature. One factor is the tilt of Earth's axis relative to the sun as it moves in its orbit around the Sun. These changes are due to the orientation of the tilted rotation axis with respect to the Sun. In this lesson, students will compare near surface temperature at the time of the solstices, the astronomical beginning for either summer ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Climatology, Space science
 
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Clouds are a collection of water droplets and small ice crystals that are suspended in an atmosphere. Clouds form when moisture rises, cools, and changes to water or ice. It is important to take into consideration exactly how clouds affect the world around us. Clouds are an important determining factor in climate in any region around the globe. In this lesson, students will plot and analyze data for ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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Weather involves the daily fluctuations in temperature, humidity, clouds, winds, etc. By contrast, climate is the long term weather patterns in a region. Therefore, to assess changes in climate, one has to look at average changes over long periods of time. Students will use long wave radiation data to determine whether the climate has changed in Portland, Oregon over a 20 year time span. They will ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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Students often hear that winters were colder or had more snow in the past. This activity will help them to determine if this is a true or accurate statement for their location. Students will access historic weather information from NOAA and NASA internet resources. They will determine changes in average temperatures, precipitation and cloud cover over time from data and relate global changes to local ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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In this lesson, students will examine a historical Category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Rita, that crossed the Gulf of Mexico during September 18-24, 2005. First, they will use the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server to obtain sea surface temperature (SST) data maps of the Gulf of Mexico. Then, they will construct a time series of SST data (line plot) for a location within the path of the hurricane where a ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical geography, Mathematics, Natural hazards
 
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