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AIRNow: Air Quality Information
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AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and ... More

AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and forecasts of air quality across the country. The organization's home page features news articles, information on the Air Quality Index (AQI), and highlighted forecasts for areas with AQIs of special concern. An interactive map shows weather systems, winds, and areas where air quality is likely to be compromised by ozone, particulates, ultraviolet radiation, or other pollutants, with links to current conditions, forecasts, and webcams for selected cities. There are also links to educational materials on air quality for younger students, interactive features and visual materials for older students, and curriculum materials for teachers. Other resources include information on AQI for health providers, older adults, and TV weathercasters; information on air quality and personal health, smoke from fires, and links to air quality information from other countries. Less

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
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NSDL Staff
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Geosciences Gateways and Resources
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United States Environmental Protection Agency
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AMS Environmental Science Seminar Series
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Archive of the Environmental Science Seminar Series, sponsored by the American Meteorological ... More

Archive of the Environmental Science Seminar Series, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), presenting talks by major research scientists. The series is aimed at the general public and moderated by Dr. Anthony Socci (Senior Science Fellow, AMS). The archive includes summaries, powerpoint presentations (in HTML and PDF), and speaker biographies for each of the seminars, which have been offered approximately once a month since May 2005. The June 2007 presentation by Dr. Naomi Oreskes (History, UCSD), entitled "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change: How Do We Know We Are Not Wrong?" is accompanied by the full text of her chapter by the same title in DeMento and Doughman, eds., Climate Change (MIT Press, 2007). Less

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Physics
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Lecture Notes
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NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
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AP Statistics Curriculum 2007
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This is an Internet-based E-Book for advanced-placement (AP) statistics educational curriculum. The ... More

This is an Internet-based E-Book for advanced-placement (AP) statistics educational curriculum. The E-Book is initially developed by the UCLA Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR), however, all statistics instructors, researchers and educators are encouraged to contribute to this effort and improve the content of these learning materials. Less

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Computer Science
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Physics
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Instructional Material
Textbooks
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NSDL Staff
Shodor
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Mathematics Gateways and Resources
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
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Statistics Online Computational Resource
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Acid Test Video: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification
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This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which ... More

This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years. The film, featuring Sigourney Weaver, originally aired on Discovery Planet Green. A related curriculum kit is available at: http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/acidification/files/labkit.pdf Less

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Economics
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Images and Illustrations
Video Lectures
Other
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National Resources Defense Council
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Our Changing Ocean and Estuaries
DLESE Community Collection
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Natural Resources Defense Council - written by Daniel Hinerfeld
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The Aftermath
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Multiple activity, comprehensive lesson plan includes background information, grading rubric, information on ... More

Multiple activity, comprehensive lesson plan includes background information, grading rubric, information on associated learning standards and assessment, as well as links to additional external resources. Activity explores the concepts of a hurricane's impact on the environment, society, and economics of a given community. Students map the potential storm surge and flooding on a topographic map and locate and report on past hurricanes in a specific geographical region. Less

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Reference
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UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
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Air Quality Meteorology
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The goal of this course is to introduce participants to the basic ... More

The goal of this course is to introduce participants to the basic concepts of meteorology and air quality necessary to understand meteorological computer models. This course, along with companion courses in Computational Atmospheric Science and Emissions, anticipates the Models3 environment under development by the EPA. Upon completion of the course, participants should understand the fundamental principles of meteorology. In addition, participants will be introduced to the application of these principles to air quality, especially through atmospheric modeling. Moreover, during the course a number of issues involved in simulating atmospheric processes in a computer-based model will be presented. Less

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Computer Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Full Course
Instructional Material
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
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developed for The Environmental Protection Agency in conjunction with US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Shodor Education Foundation
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The Amazon Rain Forest and Climate Change
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This module discusses global climate change that is occurring largely because of ... More

This module discusses global climate change that is occurring largely because of greenhouse gases emitted by human activities, and in particular the impact that tropical deforestation plays in the climate system. It also covers signs of climate change, the current thinking on future changes, and international agreements that are attempting to minimize the effects of climate change. The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) is also discussed. Less

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
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Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
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COMET
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And Tomorrow's Forecast Is...
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In this lesson plan students create original short stories that feature distinctive ... More

In this lesson plan students create original short stories that feature distinctive weather phenomena such as rainbows, snowstorms, tornadoes, thunder, and lightning. Teachers ask students to list interesting weather events, read aloud a few examples of stories that incorporate weather phenomena, and discuss the role that weather played in the stories. Once the students have selected a weather phenomenon as a starter, the story map that is provided helps them construct a setting, develop characters and a plot, and decide upon a resolution. Other materials include teaching options and links to other lesson plans and related resources. Less

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Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
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UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
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Antarctic Extreme Jeopardy
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This activity, which centers on Antarctica, challenges students to research and create ... More

This activity, which centers on Antarctica, challenges students to research and create the answers and questions for a game of classroom Jeopardy. The printable six-page handout includes a series of inquiry-based questions to get students thinking about Antarctica and guidelines for conducting additional research, illustrated activity directions and a worksheet that helps students craft their Jeopardy-style answers and questions. Less

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Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
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American Museum of Natural History
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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American Museum of Natural History
DLESE Community Collection
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Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk, 2nd Edition
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Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk, 2nd Edition provides emergency managers and ... More

Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk, 2nd Edition provides emergency managers and other decision makers with background information about weather, natural hazards, and preparedness. Additional topics include risk communication, human behavior, and effective warning partnerships, as well as a desktop exercise allowing the learner to practice the types of decisions required as hazardous situations unfold. This module offers web-based content designed to address topics covered in the multi-day Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness course offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS). The module also complements other onsite courses by those agencies and provides useful information for evaluating and preparing for threats from a range of weather and natural hazards. Less

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Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
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Instructional Material
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UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
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COMET
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Aqua: AIRS, AMSU, HSB, AMSR-E, CERES, MODIS
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Aqua, Latin for water, is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named ... More

Aqua, Latin for water, is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for the large amount of information that the mission is collecting about the Earth's water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, clouds, precipitation, soil moisture, sea ice, land ice, and snow cover on the land and ice. Additional variables also measured by Aqua include radiative energy fluxes, aerosols, vegetation cover on the land, phytoplankton and dissolved organic matter in the oceans, and air, land, and water temperatures. This brochure provides a comprehensive overview of the Aqua spacecraft, instruments, science, and data products. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Hydrology
Oceanography
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Readings
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NASA
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NASA
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Are You Kyoto Cool?
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Students will complete this survey that determines their personal and household contributions ... More

Students will complete this survey that determines their personal and household contributions to atmospheric Carbon dioxide by using information about their previous year's consumption. They will understand that Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas produced by the combustion of fossil fuels, and that its production can be minimized by taking personal steps to conserve. Less

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Author:
Glenn Dolphin
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Assessing Fire Danger
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The “Assessing Fire Danger” distance learning module explores techniques for recognizing weather ... More

The “Assessing Fire Danger” distance learning module explores techniques for recognizing weather and fuel conditions contributing to fire danger. The module includes a matrix of data sources offering useful weather, fuels, and other information related to fire ignition, spread, and intensity. An overview of situational awareness practices provides information relevant to forecasters in the office or field. This module is part of the Advanced Fire Weather Forecasters Course. Less

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Atmospheric Science
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Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
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COMET
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Astro-Venture
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Astro-Venture is an educational, interactive, multimedia Web environment highlighting NASA careers and ... More

Astro-Venture is an educational, interactive, multimedia Web environment highlighting NASA careers and astrobiology research in the areas of Astronomy, Geology, Biology and Atmospheric Science. Students in grades five through eight are transported to the future where they role play NASA occupations and use scientific inquiry, as they search for and build a planet with the necessary characteristics for human habitation. Supporting activities include chats with real NASA scientists, online collaborations, classroom lessons, student publishing area and occupations fact sheets and trading cards. Less

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Education
Life Science
Biology
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Geology
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
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NASA Astrobiology Institute
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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NASA
DLESE Community Collection
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The Atmosphere
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The lessons at this website were prepared to introduce 5th-8th grade students ... More

The lessons at this website were prepared to introduce 5th-8th grade students to the fundamental principles of the earth's atmosphere: history, composition, and structure. Includes three pages of information and features to allow for exploration and expansion of current knowledge. In addition, there are four activities to develop performance skills, not only in science, but in math and language arts as well. Links to external sites also included. Less

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Performing Arts
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
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UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
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Atmosphere Animations
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This site features Java Applet, QuickTime, and Flash animations that illustrate characteristics ... More

This site features Java Applet, QuickTime, and Flash animations that illustrate characteristics and functions of the atmosphere. They show how atmospheric temperature, pressure, and density change with respect to changing altitude, the way different kinds of radiation (x-ray, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared) act in various levels of the atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere/ionosphere), how oxygen gas and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) interact with ultraviolet radiation to create and deplete ozone, and the manner in which radiation is trapped in the atmosphere, causing the greenhouse effect and global warming. The animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Provider Set:
NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
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Atmospheric Moisture Animations
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This site features GIFs, Java applets, MPEGs, and Flash animations that illustrate ... More

This site features GIFs, Java applets, MPEGs, and Flash animations that illustrate various forms of precipitation and moisture. They include an animation of air parcels and water vapor colliding with condensation nuclei which results in condensation and cloud formation, an interactive precipitation animation applet that allows the user to set wet and dry bulb temperatures to see if snow, ice, freezing rain, sleet, super cooled droplets, raindrops, or drizzle will fall, an animation of lake effect snow over the Great Lakes, and infrared satellite images of water vapor moving across the US. These resources portray a variety of environments and are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Readings
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SERC at Carlton College
Provider Set:
NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
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The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program
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The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program is an important part of the ... More

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program is an important part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) strategy to understand global climate change. The ARM Program has established three outdoor research sites around the world. Scientists gather and use the data from these sites to study the effects of sunlight, radiant energy, and clouds on temperatures, weather, and climate. This site has information about ARM and global warming. It has lesson plans, a question area, and an Ask a Scientist link. Less

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Reference
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UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
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Atmospheric Visualization Projects
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This site includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and ... More

This site includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and CO2, climate change (230-year period), clouds and precipitation, coral reef evolution (starting 21,000 years ago), universal fire shape, fire twirl and burst behavior, tornadoes, thunderstorms, typhoons, El Niño events, greenhouse gases and sulfate aerosols, polar vortex breakdown, CO2 and temperature, CFCs in the ocean, cloud evolution (7-day period), daily weather in the U.S., and more. Less

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Simulations
Provider:
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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