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Ocean & freshwater data resources

This collection is organized into three categories: 

Classroom ready

Classroom-ready modules are designed with educators in mind. They use NOAA data in lesson plans and curricula for a straightforward experience.

 

Analyzing Ocean Tracksoffsite link

9th - 12th grade & undergraduate • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Observe the movement of elephant seals, laysan albatross, northern bluefin tuna, and white sharks from the Tagging of Pacific Predators Project (TOPP) in a student-friendly interactive map. This site includes lesson plans and teacher’s guides for high school and undergraduate courses.
Interactive map • Numerical data • Graph/figure


Climate & Data ACLIPSE Activitiesoffsite link

6th - 12th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
This collection uses real-time environmental data in self-directed student activities exploring the natural world. Students learn about carbon cycling, ocean acidification, and other phenomena related to climate change. These modules are designed with a three-dimensional approach to teaching in mind and use a data literacy framework.
Interactive map • Numerical data • Graph/figure


Data in the Classroom

6th - 8th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Data in the Classroom has structured, student-directed lesson plans that use historical and real-time NOAA data. The five modules address research questions and include stepped levels of engagement with complex inquiry investigations with real-time and past data.
Interactive map • Numerical data • Satellite imagery • Graph/figure • Modeled/predicted


Estuaries 101 Real-time Data System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP)

6th - 12th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Estuaries 101 helps students and teachers increase their knowledge of coastal and estuarine science and how estuaries affect their daily lives. The curriculum modules in Estuaries 101 feature hands-on learning experiments, field work, interactive maps, and data explorations using data from NOAA’s network of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves.
Interactive map • Numerical data • Graph/figure


Fishing for Information

9th - 12th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
This lesson uses Alaska Groundfish Survey Data from NOAA Fisheries to guide students in developing a research question and understanding the data acquisition process. Students use evidence to draw conclusions.
Interactive map • Numerical data


Teaching with Great Lakes Scienceoffsite link

4th - 12th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Explore lessons, datasets, and inquiry projects designed for educators interested in Great Lakes science. Modules can be mixed and matched. The Great Lakes FieldScope allows students to examine data from rivers and streams, watershed boundaries, political boundaries, elevation, and land cover.
Numerical data •  Graph/figure

Easily accessible resources

Often geared for researchers, these data resources come in a variety of formats and are not associated with lesson plans. However, the ones we highlight here are user-friendly and usually address a single subject.

 

Digital Coast Sea Level Rise Viewer

Display potential future sea levels and view sea level rise simulations of up to 6 feet at a local landmarks on this interactive map. Overlay social and economic data to see the potential impact that sea level rise may have on vulnerable people and businesses.
Interactive map • Modeled/predicted


GLOBE Data Visualization

View data collected by teachers and students participating in the GLOBE Program and long-term air temperature and precipitation observations from the Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN).
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. 
Interactive map • Numerical data • Graph/figure


Great Lakes MODIS Imagery Region Map

View real-time and recent satellite images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument. Download high-resolution images in multiple formats. 
Satellite imagery


National Data Buoy Center

The National Data Buoy Center provides real-time environmental observations collected from buoys around the world. View both recent and historical information on ocean and weather conditions, as well as any current tsunami activity. Graphs and tables of data are available for water column height at each buoy location.
Interactive map • Numerical data • Graph/figure


National Snow and Ice Data Centeroffsite link

Access snow and ice data in Google Earth. Datasets include snow, ice, ice shelf, glaciers, permafrost, and sea ice extent.
Interactive map • Satellite imagery


NOAA Satellite and Information Service

View and download real-time, full-resolution satellite imagery from NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. Visualize the latest satellite observations on interactive maps; check out the image of the day; explore past storms, floods, fires, and other events; and more.  
Interactive map • Satellite imagery


NOAA View Global Data Explorer

Access NOAA data from a variety of satellite, model, and other observations in a single, user-friendly map. Investigate various datasets related to the ocean, atmosphere, land, cryosphere, and climate and view them as animations over weeks, months, or years. Mouse over the maps to inspect individual data values at any point. 
Interactive map • Satellite imagery • Modeled/predicted


River Observations

View hydrograph, summary, and real-time data (flood stage, current height) from river gauges across the country. Explore river forecasts and experimental long-range flood risk. Download KMZ files for Google Earth of observed and forecasted river conditions.
Interactive map • Numerical data • Graph/figure


Tides and Currents

Explore real-time tide, weather, and current observations from an interactive station map. Find high and low tide and graphs of measurements over time by clicking on a station.
Interactive map • Numerical data • Graph/figure • Modeled/predicted

Looking for more?

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

 

Integrated Ocean Observing Systems (IOOS) Data Portals [Advanced]

IOOS provides data about marine environments, including analyses of historical data, alerts based on current conditions, and forecasts of future conditions based on model predictions. IOOS links to hundreds of data sources operated by regional ocean observing systems across the United States and its territories.
Interactive map • Numerical data • Graph/figure


National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) [Advanced]

NCEI hosts and provides public access to one of the most significant archives for environmental data on Earth. Over 25 petabytes (25 million gigabytes) of atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical data are available. 
Interactive map • Numerical data • Satellite imagery • Graph/figure • Modeled/predicted