Data resources for educators

Did you know that NOAA collects terabytes of data every day from weather stations, radar, satellites, ships, buoys, and sensors? This information isn’t just collected for our scientists to use; anyone can take on the role of scientist using our publicly available resources. But with dozens of websites and hundreds of variables to choose from, it can be tricky for educators to know how to get their students started with scientific data. This collection highlights ocean and atmosphere data sources that are easy to use and appropriate for classrooms and informal learning environments.  

Within each topic area, the resources are separated into categories based on level of content:

  • Classroom ready modules are designed with educators in mind. They use NOAA data in lesson plans and curricula for a straightforward experience. In addition to being on each topic page, all of the classroom ready resources are organized into one separate collection.
  • Easily accessible resources are often geared for researchers and come in a variety of formats. They are not associated with lesson plans. However, the ones we highlight here are user-friendly and usually address a single subject.

  • Looking for more? If you haven’t found what you’re looking for here, try exploring these major data repositories. These sites host vast troves of data from across many different subjects and disciplines.

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Classroom-ready data resources

A screenshot of the introduction page of the Investigating Coral Bleaching activity, part of Data in the Classroom

Explore NOAA data collected around the globe in formats designed just for educators. These resources take information from our atmosphere and ocean and package it in easily accessible, classroom-friendly lesson plans, activities, and curricula.  

Climate data resources

A screenshot of the US Climate Resilience Toolkit page of average daily maximum temperature in July comparing historical average with a projection for 2090 assuming high emissions.

Whether you’re looking into the past or predicting the future, these resources let you work directly with the data that make up our climate record on land, in the atmosphere, and at sea. 

Historical data resources

A screenshot of the main page of the types of data available on the NOAA Paleoclimatology Datasets website.

Long-term data and past events offer insights into how our planet works. Peer into observations from past decades, centuries, and beyond to see what has happened on Earth, how conditions have changed, and how they might change in the future. 

Ocean & freshwater data resources

A screenshot of the National Buoy Data Center homepage showing the locations of the buoys, as well as tropical storms active on 8/16/18.

We live on a water planet. Follow marine animals as they navigate the ocean, get your local tide and current predictions, or see what sea level rise may have in store for coastal communities. You can also explore river observations and trends in snow and ice.

Real-time data resources

NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite used its Red-Green-Blue Air Mass Band to watch several areas of low pressure rotate around each other off the coast of Chile, June 2-3, 2019.

NOAA collects real-time data from satellites, buoys, weather stations, citizen scientists, and more. See what is happening right now in this collection of ocean, freshwater, and atmospheric resources.

Weather & atmosphere data resources

A screenshot of GOES East Infrared Satellite Image - Latest 24 Hours Western Hemisphere over North America from 8/16/18.

Go beyond your local weather forecast with these tools. Watch the Earth from a satellite’s view in space, explore data collected by citizen scientists, and monitor hazards like hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts.