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You can use this page to browse through all of the individual visualizations that have been cataloged in our digital library. You can also browse them as collections related to particular topics.



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Hurricane Visualizations

This site from NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory presents descriptions, 3-D images and animations of some noteworthy hurricanes in recent history, including Andrew, Opal and Fran. The gallery also includes hurricane models under increased atmospheric CO2 conditions. The visualizations are offered as examples of various visualization techniques and how they might be used to convey complex results as understandable images.

NASA's Hurricane Resource Page

NASA's Hurricane Resource Page provides a wide variety of information regarding recent and historic hurricanes. A collection of links feature information including the latest images and animations from recent hurricanes, in depth web pages about hurricanes in 2005, educational tools and products, hurricane topics and the latest hurricane news. This webpage is a very useful resource for anyone looking for information on current and recent hurricanes.

Resources for Earth Science and Geography Instruction

This website contains links to sites featuring maps, images and other topics related to an introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also available for environmental science, earth science/geography education, career opportunities, and more. The sites selected are based on image quality, ease with which lesson plans can be developed, organization, authenticity, scope, and format.

Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory: Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group makes ongoing discrete measurements from land and sea surface sites and aircraft, and continuous measurements from baseline observatories and tall towers. These measurements document the spatial and temporal distributions of carbon-cycle gases and provide essential constraints to our understanding of the global carbon cycle. This website is an interactive atmospheric data visualization tool. This tool enables users to view data, obtain details about sampling locations, manipulate and compare data sets and create custom graphs. Data includes information on a variety of gases, and can be viewed as seasonal patterns, time series, or latitudinal distribution.

Climate TimeLine Information Tool

The Climate TimeLine (CTL) Information Tool summarizes climate history for time spans from 1 year to 100,000 years ago and beyond. The relation between human development, weather, and climate is explored. The CTL explains how past climate is measured, provides basic information on paleoclimatology, and explains the use of paleo proxies. There is a tutorial on drought and how to use the CTL to investigate that topic. There is also a climate glossary and links to climate and paleoclimate data.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Paleoclimatology Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Paleoclimatology Program, located at the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), helps the world share scientific data and information related to climate system variability and predictability. Their mission is to ensure the international paleoclimate research community meets the scientific goals of programs including the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme PAGES (IGBP PAGES) and the World Climate Research Programme on Climate Variability and Predictability (WCRP CLIVAR). This site includes a section on Research Programs, including information on the scientific goals, reports and publications, extramural program, and scientific conferences. An Education and Outreach section provides background on paleoclimatology as a discipline, paleoclimatology slide sets, information specific to primary and secondary educators, and links to other paleoclimate education programs, including NOAA's own (GLOBE). The Paleoclimate Data section assists users in both data access and submission. Data are available for the following subdisciplines: borehole data, climate forcing, corals, fauna, ice cores, insects, paleoclimate modeling, paleolimnology, paleooceanography, plant macrofossils, pollen, tree ring, and other paleo data. Alternatively, searches for subsets of data can be conducted within all available paleoclimatology data, global climate modeling (GCM) boundary conditions, paleocean data, paleoclimate model output, pollen data, or tree ring data. Other site features include a What's New section, Paleo Perspectives, a general link list (Places of Interest), a Paleo Visitor Program, an Address Exchange and Discussion List, and an area in which to download Free Software useful in paleoclimate research.

SAGUARO: Science and GIS Unlocking Analysis and Research Opportunities

The SAGUARO project CD-ROM features three learning modules that use GIS to learn about earth system science. The three modules - Exploring Tropical Cyclones, Exploring the Dynamic Earth, and Exploring Water Resources - use GIS to help students identify physical and spatial relationships and construct multiple representations of data as maps, tables, charts, and graphic layouts. The modules use a multimedia approach, incorporating animations, video, audio, and digital stills. Using GIS allows for data manipulation, exploration, and an inquiry-based approach to learning. Computer skills are not necessary because the modules are presented in a format that focuses on the concepts of earth science rather than on learning GIS skills. Each module is accompanied by an extensive list of supporting resources including books and links to relevant websites. The modules are available for individual purchase from the site and each comes with licensed GIS software.

NOAA Interactive GIS Climate Maps

This website contains an interactive GIS map with global temperatures, precipitation, ecosystems, population and other layers. The tool can zoom in and out, provide limited geographic information, and display a variety of climatic information.

Climate Diagnostic Center Plots

Through static map interface, the Climate Diagnostic Center provides access to plots of current and historical United States temperature, precipitation and PDSI drought maps. The interface allows users to plot the raw data and view map visualizations of data.

Exploring Earth

Using imagery and visualizations, this site offers investigations of almost every Earth science topic imaginable. It is structured to follow the unit and chapter headings of an Earth science textbook, offering interactive explorations to complement the topics. The scope is extensive, covering dynamic Earth processes, atmospheric science and ocean science.

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