Fernanda Viégas, Martin Wattenberg, Hint.fm
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
2.3 Earth's climate driven by the Sun.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .
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- Could be incorporated into a discussion of where wind power might be most effectively implemented in the US.
- Students could be assigned certain cities to focus on and identify the wind patterns.
- Educator can access the archive animations and have students compare and contrast different years.
About the Science
- Surface wind data comes from NOAA's National Digital Forecast Database. Map shows near-term forecasts revised once per hour.
- Resource includes caveat that map is a "personal art project".
- Comments from expert scientist: This is a very aesthetically-appealing representation of surface wind data based on forecasts. The data shown in this visualization have been spatially-smoothed in a way that is not transparently explained. It is very difficult to determine what resolution forecast data went into this map, and what resolution could be inferred.
About the Pedagogy
- Map shows direction speed and patterns of surface winds across the US updated hourly. Similar to diagrams in textbooks but this one is animated.
- Visually dynamic.
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