Historical data resources

Data in the Classroom

Student-friendly interface combines a system for accessing data with structured lesson plans that model how to use online data in the classroom. The modules address authentic research questions and include stepped levels of engagement similar to the Bloom’s Taxonomy hierarchy. Modules are completely student-directed and can involve complex inquiry investigations. There are four modules including El Niño, Water Quality, Ocean Acidification, and Sea Level Modules, which make use of historical and real-time NOAA data.

Grade Level: MS, HS

Historical Hurricane Tracks

This website allows the user to map historical hurricane tracks. Hurricanes are searchable based on the storm name or year. The user can also set the location to define a search area and pull up all tracks through that area. Hurricane tracks are color coded based on their categories. There are no lessons accompanying the site, but it is user-friendly. It is possible to print and download data from the site.

Grade Level: MS, HS

NOAA Paleoclimatology Data

The NOAA Paleoclimatology website contains descriptive information, notes, maps, searches, visualizations, and data. These data cover the globe and some datasets extend back in time 100 million years. Most of these data are time series of geophysical or biological measurements and some include reconstructed climate variables such as temperature and precipitation. The site includes borehole data, climate forcing data, climate reconstruction (past climates), coral data, fauna data, fire history, historical data, ice core data, insect data, lake level reconstruction, Loess and Eolian dust data, pollen data, tree ring data, and other collections.

Grade Level: HS

Global Change in Local Placesoffsite link

In this lesson, students learn about how scientists study Earth’s past climate using sediment cores and fossilized pollen. The lesson uses core data from the NSF’s polar research vessel the Nathaniel B. Palmer obtained during a shallow drilling (SHALDRIL) effort. Fossilized pollen in the core can be correlated to the age of sediments in which it is located, giving scientists information about past climates. The lesson involves the use of GeoMapApp, which is a free, downloadable program. Some of the data in this lesson comes from the NOAA Paleoclimatology pollen data.

Grade Level: 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