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.
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This site provides more than 75 earth science investigations. Each presents photos and text (and sometimes video) that help students understand key earth science concepts. Among the topics: earth's layers, rocks, volcanoes and plate tectonics, earthquakes and mountains, surface and ground water, wind and currents, atmosphere and weather, climate change, oceans, our moon and solar system, and earth's history.
- Environmental Science
- Forestry and Agriculture
- Atmospheric Science
- Material Type:
- Lesson Plan
- National Science and Technology Foundation
- NSDL Staff
- Technical Education Research Centers (TERC)
- Provider Set:
- Geosciences Gateways and Resources
LiMPETS is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups in the State of California. This hands-on field program encourages participants to collect data on rocky intertidal and sandy beach environments of the state's National Marine Sanctuaries. The LiMPETS website includes resources for teachers, such as a handbook, fact sheets, classroom activities, and information on statistical data analysis. The students' resource page features a trivia quiz, a crossword puzzle on rocky intertidal environments, fact sheets, and career information. There is also a set of links for participants to enter data they have collected in the field, and links to each of California's National Marine Sanctuaries.
This site features World Wind 1.3, a NASA Learning Technologies application that lets the user zoom from any satellite altitude into any place on Earth. It features 3D Engine, Blue Marble, Landsat 7, SRTM, Animated Earth, MODIS, GLOBE, Country & State Borders, Place Names, Visual Tools and Landmark Set. The user can download World Wind, reference an online manual, post to an online forum, view screen shot examples from various satellites, and read press coverage about World Wind.