NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center

The mission of the Climate Diagnostics Center (CDC) is to identify the nature and causes for climate variations on time scales ranging from weeks to centuries. This website offers access to information on topics such as climate variations, El Nino and La Nina, and precipitation. There are many data sets available to download. These could be used for research or to construct an educational exercise. Types of data include precipitation, snow cover, drought index, sea surface temperature, and air temperature. The website also offers several types of climate forecasts, such as seasonal to interannual forecasts, medium range weather forecasts and short term weather forecasts. The El Nino page offers excellent definitions, animations and educational resources. Most of the information is geared toward upper level college or higher. However, the El Nino educational materials are intended for a broader range of audiences.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Hydrology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection
Special Interest: Hazards
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional, High School (9-12)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Hazards, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water