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NOAA ESRL Information and Activities for Earth Science Students and Teachers

Learning about the atmosphere, climate, and earth sciences is critical for students, yet these topics are often complex and challenging to teach. Below are links to five different earth science subject groups that relate to the Global Monitoring Division’s research and mission. Within each subject group educators can easily access background information about the topics, student handouts, and classroom activities that can be incorporated into lesson plans. Information and activities are geared toward grades 7-12. Teachers should feel free to modify the activities to meet the needs of their students. Read More

Climate Science in Focus: Earth as a System

Lesson plan. Students will learn about the four Earth systems and how they are connected. Students will be able to: 1. Explain the Earth as a system of interconnected parts 2. Properly define and use Earth science vocabulary Read More

Climate Central

Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics. Read More

NOAA Data Resources for Educators

The Data Resources for Educators collection is designed to help educators find NOAA and NOAA-related data resources that range from classroom ready, student-friendly interfaces to raw real-time and historical data. The resources are grouped into several topic areas and may be cross listed if they fall under multiple categories. Classroom ready resources are defined as those resources which need little or no teacher preparation before sharing with students. The other tabs include data portals or resources that are related to the following topics but not necessarily packaged for classroom use: Oceans and Freshwater, Climate, Weather and Atmosphere, Visualizations, Cryosphere, and Historical. These resources often contain interactive interfaces and information that can be downloaded to a spreadsheet program. Resources near the top of the list are easier to integrate into the classroom, while entries lower in the list might possess a higher degree of difficulty to integrate. Read More

U.S. DOE Department of Science Biological and Environmental Research (BER)

BER advances world-class biological and environmental research programs and scientific user facilities to support DOE’s energy, environment, and basic research missions. The Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program supports fundamental research and scientific user facilities to address diverse and critical global challenges. The program seeks to understand how genomic information is translated to functional capabilities, enabling more confident redesign of microbes and plants for sustainable biofuel production, improved carbon storage, or contaminant bioremediation. BER research advances understanding of the roles of Earth’s biogeochemical systems (the atmosphere, land, oceans, sea ice, and subsurface) in determining climate so we can predict climate decades or centuries into the future, information needed to plan for future energy and resource needs. Solutions to these challenges are driven by a foundation of scientific knowledge and inquiry in atmospheric chemistry and physics, ecology, biology, and biogeochemistry. Read More

U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric System Research

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric System Research program advances process-level understanding of the key interactions among aerosols, clouds, precipitation, radiation, dynamics, and thermodynamics, with the ultimate goal of reducing the uncertainty in global and regional climate simulations and projections. Read More

Atmospheric Science: Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Atmospheric Science

People who are literate in atmospheric science understand the “big ideas” of the relevant scientific knowledge. Armed with this understanding, they will have the basis to communicate about the Earth’s atmosphere in a meaningful way, and be equipped to make informed and responsible decisions about activities that impact the Earth’s atmosphere. This framework for Atmospheric Science Literacy provides guidance to educators and the public on these big ideas. We have chosen to structure the framework with Essential Principles (EPs) at the highest level, on which more detailed information depends. Subordinate and more specific Fundamental Concepts (FCs) offer foundational knowledge which is needed to fully understand the Essential Principles. Read More

EarthViewer

What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? What was the climate like in the deep past? Find the answers with EarthViewer, an interactive tool for exploring the science of Earth’s deep history. From molten mass to snowball earth, EarthViewer lets you see continents grow and shift as you scroll through billions of years. Additional layers let you and your students explore changes in atmospheric composition, temperature, biodiversity, day length, and solar luminosity over deep time. Read More

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Air-Sea Interaction & Climate

We take a synergistic and interdisciplinary approach to apply space-based observations, ground-based measurements, and numerical model to study the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. We improve the monitoring, from space, of ocean-atmosphere exchanges in momentum, heat and water. We study how these exchanges force ocean circulation and distribute the heat, water, greenhouse gases, and nutrients stored in the ocean. We examine the effect of these exchanges on the energy and hydrologic balances in the atmosphere. We focus on seasonal-to-interannual variability and predictability, but also examine how such variability is affected by shorter time scales (intra-seasonal) changes and longer time scales (decadal) trend. We are planning to study the manifest of long-term and global variability in local and near-term hazards, such as hurricane and monsoon. Read More

NOAA YouTube Chanel

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ‘s (@NOAA) mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit us at http://www.noaa.gov and join us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/usnoaagov), Twitter (https://twitter.com/noaa) and our other social media channels (http://www.noaa.gov/socialmedia). *PLEASE NOTE: NOAA videos are considered public domain and can be used without concern for copyright; however please be sure to properly credit NOAA wherever used, in full or in part. Read More

Mission

EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.

EERL & ATEEC

EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

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