Climate data resources

NOAA View Data Imagery Portal

The NOAA View Data Imagery Portal provides access to maps of NOAA data from a variety of satellite, model, and other analysis sources. The user can investigate various datasets related to the ocean, atmosphere, land, cryosphere, and climate. The datasets cover multiple years and can be viewed as animations over weeks, months, or years. It is also possible to mouse over the maps and inspect individual data values at any point. The user can also download images from the site and create files usable on Google Earth. There are no associated lessons; however, the site is very user-friendly.

Grade Level: MS, HS

Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (animated graph)

This site contains a 3-minute long video called "Pumphandle 2012," which illustrates the time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide from 800,000 years ago until January 2012. There are also tabs on the site that allow you to view recent, monthly, annual mean, and full Mauna Loa CO2 data. Global CO2 data can also be viewed. The site includes a tab for an interactive plot of Mauna Loa monthly averages where the viewer can see the actual CO2 measurements and the general trend over time. The viewer can change the scale of the graph and find individual point values on the graph by mousing over the point in question.

Grade Level: MS, HS

Global Climate Dashboard

The site has many educational materials, maps, and data related to climate topics. Of note, at the bottom of the web page, there is a Global Climate Dashboard, which allows the user to view interactive graphs of global average temperature, carbon dioxide, spring snow cover, Arctic sea ice, ocean heat, the Sun’s energy, glacier thickness, and heat-trapping gases.

Grade Level: MS, HS

Interactive Atmospheric Data Visualization

This interactive visualization tool shows data collected by the Global Monitoring Division (GMD) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Lab. GMD collects worldwide, long-term data on key atmospheric species including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and many others. The user can obtain time series plots for various gases for each GMD site across the globe. A wide variety of measurements and plot types are available for carbon cycle gases, halocarbons and trace gases, solar radiation, ozone, atmospheric transport, aerosols, and meteorology.

Grade Level: HS

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Lab creates a variety of timely satellite images, videos, and visualizations. The home page has an image of the day that relates to a current meteorological event. The site contains images and videos pertaining to current and historical severe weather events, disasters, hurricanes, climate, oceans, atmosphere, and remote sensing.

Grade Level: ES, MS, HS

Interactive Climate Data

This website allows the user to view a variety of interactive maps with information such as observations of current and historical conditions (temperature, precipitation, snowfall, snow depth), climate indices, global and historical ship tracks, radar, and US climate normals for the period from 1981-2010. There are a wide variety of graphs and maps including, but not limited to, hourly precipitation, local climatological data, and paleoclimatology data.

Grade Level: MS, HS

Carbon Cycle Toolkit

This is a classroom ready lesson geared toward 8th-12th grade students. The purpose of this activity is to familiarize students with carbon cycle science, specifically the trends in atmospheric carbon dioxide. The activity is designed so that students will construct their own understanding of the carbon cycle by utilizing data and tools provided by NOAA and inquiring into the observed atmospheric processes and their influences on the carbon dioxide record. This activity is designed to enhance student understanding through actual scientific data and provide a conceptual framework to address the challenges of a changing climate.

Grade Level: MS, HS

GLOBE Data Visualization

The GLOBE Data Visualization Tool gives students and teachers access to all of the data collected and entered online by GLOBE schools. Eventually data from all 56 protocols will be accessible. This website also provides access to long-term air temperature and precipitation data from the Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). These data are provided as a Google Earth KML file, which displays reporting stations of long-term air temperature and precipitation data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Data can be downloaded to use in a spreadsheet program. While lessons for data collection and other activities are a part of the GLOBE website, specific lessons for manipulation of this data are not provided at this link.

Grade Level: ES, MS, HS