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Exploring El Niño
In this introductory-level lab activity, students first view a 20-minute portion of an informative video to learn about the operation of an array of moored buoys that is used to detect changes in the El Niño ...

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Stratospheric Ozone
Students explore observational data from ozone-sondes, TOMS, and UARS measurements to learn about changes in stratospheric ozone over the past several decades. -

Weather Map Interpretation
Students participate in a Gallery Walk to combine weather variables and create weather forecasts based on four different weather maps.

Using Systems Thinking to Understand the Drivers of Climate Change
This short video explains how the behavior of a stock (i.e., anything that accumulates or declines) is determined by its inflows and outflows, and how 'stock-flow' behavior underpins many of the drivers of climate change, such as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, or the imbalance of Earth's energy budget. Similarly, understanding stock-flow behavior is critical to our own decisions about how we might address climate change (e.g., how much should emissions be reduced? how will the existing stock of our energy infrastructure influence future emissions? how might the number of people who advocate for climate action change over time?)

Ocean Circulation
Students view and analyze buoy, satellite, temperature vs. depth data to learn about ocean circulation and how is related to atmospheric circulation. -

Ocean Circulation and Climate Advanced Modeling Project

The Ocean Circulation and Climate Advanced Modeling Project (OCCAM) uses a primitive equation numerical model to develop several high resolution visualizations of the world's oceans, including ...

eWOCE Gallery

This site from The World Ocean Circulation Experiment contains more than 350 section plots of temperature, salinity, oxygen, nutrients and tracers for the WOCE Hydrographic Programme (WHP) cruise ...

Paleoclimate Model Output Visualization

This site from the National Climatic Data Center features a tool that displays map images for paleoclimate simulations from various agencies, including COHMAP (CCMO and CCM1), the NASA Goddard ...

Tropical Atmosphere Ocean project - data display

This site provides access to real-time oceanographic and meteorological data from approximately 70 moored buoys in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Data types include wind, air and sea temperature, ...

El Nino Theme Page: Access to Distributed Information on El Nino

This concentrated, in-depth resource provides access to recent information on El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and La Nina in the Pacific Ocean, including data, graphics, forecasts, historical ...

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