User Scenarios

On this page, we are collecting user scenarios or stories about how students might use NSDL to access and use data in our classrooms in the future. Scenarios are a good topic of discussion for the usingdata-discussion list.

  • Land Use
    A scenario submitted by Dave Mogk, Montana State University, about data needed to characterize land use changes in a local county.
  • Atmospheric Urban Pollution Project Using the NSDL
    A scenario submitted by Harry Ungar, Cabrillo Community College, Trish Farrett, Carleton College, and Chris Klaus, Argonne National Laboratory, where students investigate atmospheric pollutant data in a specific locality over time, using the NSDL communication portal as a repository for data.
  • Teaching Geoscience with Global and Local Settings
    A scenario submitted by Thomas Boyd, Colorado School of Mines, Bruce Caron, The New Media Studio, David Mogk, Montana State University, and Bill Prothero, University of California, Santa Barbara, about teaching geosciences with global and local settings.
  • My Rock
    A scenario submitted by Cathy Manduca, Carleton College about integrated geologic data for a single location.
  • Negotiating CO2 emissions in an Earth Summit
    A scenario submitted by an unknown author describing an activity where students represent nations (and their respective interests) at a global conference on regulating CO2 emissions.
  • Remote Use of Equipment
    A scenario submitted by Keith Andrew of Eastern Illinois University, Cameron Dorey of the University of Central Arkansas, and Ahmed Elgamal of the University of California - San Diego about students using equipment remotely to overcome cost and availability issues.
  • Tuna Tracking Project
    A scenario submitted by Karen Stocks, San Diego Supercomputer Center and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Carl Wenning, Illinois State University about a tuna tracking project, a data user's scenario.
  • Querying Maps
    A scenario submitted by Chris Brick of the University of Montana describing how students could engage in authentic investigation if the data sets that are available were in compatible formats.
  • MetPet Database project
    Three scenarios describing potential uses for the MetPet Database project.

The development of this resource collection is a community effort. We invite you to contribute.