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Earth Now Monthly Climate Digest

CIMSS, University of Wisconsin; CICS-MD, University of Maryland; NOAA Vizualization Lab

This monthly bulletin and animation provides regular and reliable visualizations of world weather and climate events of the previous month using NOAA data. Archives are available from October 2011 to present.

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Teaching Tips

  • Bulletin provides good visualizations that could be returned to on a regular basis for updates as some data will, of course, carry over from one month to the next.
  • Educator could present this to watch as a class or as homework to introduce ideas.
  • As several months are generally available, students could be asked to highlight comparisons or variations between the months. Bulletins could also be followed throughout a year to see how events shift over time, allowing predictions by students or narrator/NOAA (such as in the case of ENSO) to be tested.

About the Science

  • The bulletin is updated monthly with data on world weather and climate events of the previous month.
  • Several timely weather and climate feature stories have also been produced to assist SOS (Science on a Sphere) facilitators making connections between current events and global change.

About the Pedagogy

  • A narrator explains what each globe represents and how to understand the visual data.
  • The narration of these visualizations provides excellent auditory scaffolding.
  • Lesson plans and educator support is not provided, but there are ample of additional resources, links, etc. available.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Internet connection required.
  • Website and information are of high quality and easy to access.

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