Robert B. Schmunk, J Hansen, R Ruedy, Mki Sato, K Lo, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Viewing these annual 5-year average temperature anomalies will encourage students to ask why this is happening to global mean temperatures.
- Students likely need to be instructed and coached on how to interpret these maps even though it is rather straightforward.
- Information on how the raw data was processed to derive the map is given here: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp.
About the Science
- Temperature monitoring stations from around the world collect temperatures and analyze/compare the records year after year.
- This resource includes data sources and scientific references and some discussion about the reasons for working with temperature anomalies rather than absolute temperatures.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- While these are important datasets and should be presented in classrooms, the web page includes little scaffolding for most educators. Further background material will likely be needed.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- This animation and its individual frames are available in a number of formats. It is best to use the animation with the year overlay and have the temperature difference color bar available.
- The web page does not make clear that there are both videos and stills available (i.e., they should be separated in some way).
- Visualizations of the anomalies changing year to year can be downloaded or educators could choose individual jpegs to make their own data collection.
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