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Comparing Rainfall Trend
Helen King & Dan Zalles
Climate, atmospheric science, environmental science, land use etc.—anything that might involve rainfall data
intro or upper level
Students think about how rainfall has varied in their home town / State / country during their lifetime (instructor can do the same). Students compare 'memory' with real data provided by Giovanni data visualization tool (http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/acdisc/
). Compare between different locations, discuss.
Students are posed question "Explore how much, if any, of a relationship there is between historical land use patterns (e.g. agricultural data) and rainfall patterns." Students design own study using Giovanni datasets.