Data visualization 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

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

Global Science Investigator

Global Science Investigator is a global visualization tool that lets the viewer choose between different data visualizations including, but not limited to, plate movement, tsunami hazards, atmospheric hazards, human impacts on the ocean, marine debris, animal migration, sea surface temperature, ocean draining, climate models, sea ice extent, sea level rise, aerosols in the atmosphere, and corals reefs/ocean acidification. The user can select a visualization and then click and drag the globe to rotate it and examine the dataset. Each dataset includes a narrative description and more information section.

Grade Level: ES, MS, HS