Earth Now Monthly Climate Digest
CIMSS, University of Wisconsin; CICS-MD, University of Maryland; NOAA Vizualization Lab
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- 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.