Initial Publication Date: December 12, 2005

Name of Resource: Earth Exploration Toolkit: Regional Climate Change
Climate Change Theme: Climate Variability
Sponsoring Organization: SERC/TERC
Intended use: Background Material, Learning Activity
Intended audience: Educators and Learners
Average Review Ratings (Poor to Excellent, 1-5 scale): 4 stars

Description: From the website: "Using climatological data from the University of New Hampshire's EOS-WEBSTER, users will obtain annual predictions for minimum temperature, maximum temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation for Minnesota and California to explore this regional variability. Data will span the years 2000 through 2100. Users import the data into a spreadsheet application and analyze it to interpret regional differences. Finally, users download data for their state and compare them with the other two states to answer a series of questions about regional differences in climate change."

Summary of Reviews

Reviewer: Kirsten Butcher 4.5 stars
Comments: High-level activity is indicated as appropriate for college students and advanced high school classes. Planning ahead will be necessary to order data and educators will need to familiarize themselves with the process of data analysis to support students.
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Reviewer: Jack Ganse 4 stars
Comments: Once students became comfortable with accessing and ordering data, I think this could be a powerful learning tool-the amount of available data is huge. I do see a lot of time required to familiarize both teachers and students in ordering and processing data.
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