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part of Earth Exploration Toolbook
The Earth Exploration Toolbook is a collection of computer-based Earth science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more data sets and an analysis tool that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system.
Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) part of Climate Education in an Age of Media
The CAM project is developing approaches to bring student media production into climate change education in ways that are engaging, empowering, and can be readily adopted in a wide range of instructional environments.
CLEAN part of CLEAN
The CLEAN Pathway provides a reviewed collection of classroom materials for teaching climate and energy literacy for students in grades 6-16. Hallmarks of the project include the collection of educational materials, a set of pedagogic strategies for teaching these topics, and an ongoing series of professional development events for teachers and faculty.
EarthLabs part of EarthLabs for Educators
EarthLabs units offer sequences for learning science concepts through hands-on experiments and data analysis.
AccessData Workshops part of Using Data in the Classroom:AccessData
AccessData Workshops bring together earth science data providers, data access and analysis tool experts, scientists, curriculum developers, and educators to explore and address issues regarding data use in education.
DataTools part of DataTools
DataTools prepares you to use scientific data and data analysis software with your middle and high school students and helps you develop strategies that promote student inquiry, analysis, and dialogue - processes that are key to working with data.
Using GLOBE Data to Study the Earth System part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Using GLOBE Data to Study Earths System
GLOBE Graph showing output of variables for Maximum Air Temperature and Soil Moisture Content for the Reynolds Jr. Sr. High School in Greenville, Pennsylvania. In this chapter you will be guided through the process of locating and graphing web-based environmental data that has been collected by GLOBE Program participants. The chapter is based on an example developed for the GLOBE resource Earth System Science Investigation, which is a section of the GLOBE Teacher's Guide. This chapter highlights the opportunities for using GLOBE data to introduce basic concepts of Earth system science. As you investigate a specific case study, you will take advantage of the GLOBE Graphing Tool's features. You will superimpose four different sets of environmental data in a single graph across a two-year time frame. The resulting patterns will reveal a relationship that escapes casual observationthe seasonal changes in soil moisture. The chapter provides opportunities to discuss central Earth system concepts such as reservoirs, places where energy and matter are stored, for example, in the soil; flux, the movement of energy or matter between reservoirs, such as the evaporation of water from the soil; and the role of solar energy as one of the major drivers of flux and all Earth system processes. With more than 15,000 member schools throughout the U.S. and the world, the GLOBE program makes it possible for students to expand their investigation beyond a single example, to search for additional examples of seasonal soil moisture variation, and to build a more comprehensive understanding of basic Earth system processes.
Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
The Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) provides step-by-step instructions for using Earth science datasets and software tools in educational settings. Each chapter of the EET walks users through an example–a case study in which the user accesses data and uses analysis tools to explore issues or concepts in Earth system science. In each chapter, users produce and analyze maps, graphs, images, or other data products.
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Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway part of CLN:Climate Change Education Projects
http://cleanet.org/ National Science Foundation
Earth System Science: A Key to Climate Literacy part of CLN:Climate Change Education Projects
National Science Foundation
Exploring Aerosol Optical Thickness Using MODIS Satellite Imagery in NEO part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
"Aerosol Optical Thickness is the degree to which aerosols prevent the transmission of light" in the atmoshpere.1 "An aerosol optical thickness of less than 0.1 indicates a crystal clear sky with maximum visibility, whereas a value of 4 indicates the presence of aerosols so dense that people would have difficulty seeing the Sun, even at mid-day!" 2 The data are acquired by the MODIS sensor on the Terra and Aqua satellites. They are provided on the NEO web site as 1-day measurements and 8-day and 1-month composites.2 The coverage is nearly global. ("Global over oceans, nearly global over land."3) Note that aerosol optical thickness and aerosol optical depth (τ) are used interchangeably to describe this data set.1 Sources: 1. http://daac.gsfc.nasa.gov/PIP/shtml/aerosol_optical_thickness_or_depth.shtml 2. http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Search.html?group=5 3. http://modis-atmos.gsfc.nasa.gov/MOD04_L2/index.html