Global Climate Animations

Jacqueline Shinker, Jason Rahn, Patrick Bartlein, University of Wyoming, University of Oregon, Department of Geography, University of Oregon, Department of Geography

The Global Climate Animations site contains animations of the Earth's climate system for educational and research purposes. The animations show the climatology of the seasonal cycle for selected climate variables for the time period 1959-1997, based on data from the NCEP/NCAR 40-Year Reanalysis Project. The individual frames in each animation show the map pattern of the long-term monthly averages for a particular climate variable, and reveal the temporal and spatial variations in that variable over the seasonal cycle.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Geology
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional, Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Climate Literacy Principles: Natural Variability and Change, Complex Interactions, Sun Drives Earth System
Topics: Atmosphere, Earth surface, Climate
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change