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Author

NOAA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Data
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global

Climate at a Glance

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Synopsis
  • This comprehensive climate resource provides a plethora of temperature data and interactive charts that are customizable by location, time period, ranking, or GPS location.
  • The data can be downloaded and citations are provided for referencing the data in the charts.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The data and charts provided are up to date and easy to use.
  • Students can investigate the temperature changes in their local area over time.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a graph and understand the importance of scale (particularly on the y-axis) when comparing graphs.

Differentiation

  • Math and science classes could use the data as a resource for lessons about graphing or data analysis.
  • Any class could use the data for fact-checking or lessons about climate change, weather vs. climate, and local vs. global changes.
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Scientist Notes
This resource provides insights on estimating temperature departures and variation over a long period of time. Students can navigate on the interactive map to gain deep understanding on these anomalies. Additional links provide methods for calculating temperature anomalies using gridded data sets from GHCN-M and ICOADS. The dataset is accurate, and the resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
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