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Comparing Rainfall Trend

Helen King & Dan Zalles
Topic: Climate, atmospheric science, environmental science, land use etc.—anything that might involve rainfall data
Course Type: intro or upper level


Introductory 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.

Upper Level

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.





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