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Climate Education Resources and Data
Created by NASA Wavelength Last updated 5/8/2014
Following are selected resources and activities from the Wavelength collection and beyond that use NASA climate content and data. You can find a full list of climate resources in Wavelength that you can browse and filter by level/audience, learning time, resource type, instructional strategy and more at: http://tinyurl.com/nasaclimateeducation. Also be sure to check out the Data and Images page on Wavelength: http://nasawavelength.org/data-and-images.
- General - This interactive visualization illustrates changes in Earth's climate. Manipulate a sliding timeline to view the impacts on our planet of four climate related variables: sea ice, sea levels, carbon emissions, and average global temperatures.
- Middle school -Using the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS), students gather data on both solar radiation and surface temperature for two same-latitude locations. Students then create online graphs of that data to allow for analysis and comparison.
- Middle school - Students use NASA satellite data to compare surface temperature and precipitation of different islands in the Pacific Ocean. Students also create climographs for the island of Guam and 2 other islands using the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server as a resource.
- Middle-high school - Students use longwave radiation data to determine whether the climate has changed in Portland, Oregon over a 20 year time span. This lesson offers two options: plotting data from Portland provided by the teacher, or following step-by-step instructions for use of the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) which guide students through selecting a data set from a location of their choice, importing the data into a spreadsheet, creating graphs, and analyzing data plots.
- Middle school - Students use historic weather information and compare it with current data to determine if they can see a trend in temperature change over time.AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/H6
- Middle school - Students investigate the relationship between precipitation, surface temperature and vegetation for four geographic locations.
- High School - Students make structural models of gas molecules using pipe cleaners and polystyrene balls and test their molecules for their resonant frequency. Students shake the models, count vibrations, and compare the resonance frequencies of different gases. Students learn that photons of infrared energy vibrate at the right frequency to transfer their energy to carbon dioxide and methane, which in turn causes those molecules to vibrate, which is experienced in the real world as heat. The teacher's guide includes illustrative videos for this resource. This activity is supported by a textbook chapter, What's So Special about CO²?AAAS Benchmarks: 4D/M1cd
- High school teachers - This self-paced tutorial explores the importance of engineering solutions to the management of climate change by brainstorming ways to remove CO² from the atmosphere and store it in a form that does not promote global warming. The module also provides resources for students to learn about engineering careers related to climate change. Learners compare the design process used in engineering projects with the scientific process, and explore elements of the engineering design process through global climate change. Multimedia educational resources including video clips are included. This is the ninth of 10 self-paced professional development modules providing opportunities for teachers to learn about climate change through first-hand data exploration.
- High school-undergraduate - Using real climatological data from climate models, students will obtain annual predictions for minimum temperature, maximum temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation for Minnesota and California. Students import the data into a spreadsheet application and analyze it to interpret regional differences. Finally, students download data for their state and compare them with other states to answer a series of questions about regional differences in climate change.
- This multi-media resource brings together the latest and most popular climate-related images, data visualizations and video features from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio. Download the imagery in a variety of formats directly from this site.
- Interpreters and other Informal Educators - Compiled by Earth to Sky - a NASA, National Parks Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnership. The resources help grasp the fundamental skills needed to engage the public about climate change as a critical issue affecting public lands and resources. These tools were chosen to help you begin to build a solid foundation of interpretive communication skills, emphasizing knowledge of the resource, knowledge of the audience, and knowledge of appropriate techniques.
- This guide aims to promote greater climate science literacy by providing an educational framework of principles and concepts. It can also serve educators who teach climate science as a way to meet content standards in their science curricula. Principles in the guide can also serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry.
- Upper elementary-middle school - Students create maps of the snow cover of each continent, and determine the average global snow cover. Step-by-step instructions for use of the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) guide students through selecting a data set, importing the data into a spreadsheet, creating graphs, and analyzing data plots.