ESRI Drought Tracker
ESRI, National Drought Mitigation Center
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Middle School: 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 1 Science and Engineering Practice
High School: 1 Science and Engineering Practice
About Teaching Climate Literacy
About Teaching Principle 4
Changes in climate is normal but varies over times/ space
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About Teaching Principle 5
Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Educator might want to walk students through an example location and look at the graphs, their axes, and what the trend lines indicate.
- Students can compare and contrast regions in the US for drought events over time. Data is updated every week, which allows students to make predictions using current weather conditions.
About the Science
- A series of maps and graphs that illustrate drought conditions in the US (by county) between 2000 and the present month. Updated weekly. A timescale below each image shows significant drought events clearly, over the given time interval.
Comments from expert scientist:
- High resolution map with time series (2000-2018) and different levels of drought severity
- The Drought Classification is very helpful in understanding the map key and data sources
About the Pedagogy
- Data is displayed in color-coded (by drought intensity) line graphs showing yearly trends as well as the most current 8-week period. Additionally, a slider allows user to zero in on specific dates between 2000 and present.
- "Learn More" button takes user to the US Drought Monitor website for information about drought monitor classification scheme and the data behind the tracker.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Simulation/Interactive supports:
Cross Cutting Concepts: 1
MS-C1.4:Graphs, charts, and images can be used to identify patterns in data.