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EarthNow Climate Digest
http://sphere.ssec.wisc.edu/cd/

Earth Now, NOAA/CIMMS

This visualization provides an informative summary of the quarterly seasonal global weather and climate using the 3-D Science on a Sphere format. These video summaries use animations of recent NOAA data and an engaging commentary to review the climate highlights of the past 4 seasons. Topics include, El Nino/La Nina, temperature trends, extreme weather, and emerging climate research.

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Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts, 1 Science and Engineering Practice
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 2 Science and Engineering Practices

Climate Literacy
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Humans can take action
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Climate is variable
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Our understanding of climate
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Climate change has consequences
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Energy Literacy

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Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .

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Teaching Tips

  • Teacher resources are not available but visualization can easily be incorporated into curriculum, units, or activities.

About the Science

  • This visualization summarizes information from the seasonal climate reports put out by NOAA. Educators can download this information and run it on the Science on Sphere platform, read the information online, or view it in Youtube videos.
  • The site has up-to-date information from the most recent climate report from the previous four seasons. There is no access to previous years.
  • The videos tie in research, for example including information about tropical storm speeds, so it is more informative than just a digest of weather events.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - This resource reviews quarterly the seasonal summary based on NOAA data
    - Highlights the importance of having a disaster readiness plan even if you live in a state not used to natural disasters
    - Includes Global 3-month land temperatures, 3-month Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies, satellite imagery, and animations of other natural phenomena such as the August 21 total solar eclipse
    - Narrator clearly explains what the colors mean on the simulations

About the Pedagogy

  • This resource is useful for providing a comprehensive summary of the latest climate report information from NOAA. Educators can use it to explore the climate-related events that occur in each season.
  • One of the videos has a Spanish language version.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The visualization can be viewed online via EarthNow website or YouTube and downloaded from an FTP site link.
  • Links to Science on a Sphere data are also provided, but educators would need access to the Science on a Sphere software to visualize the videos through this format.
  • Teachers should be aware that the four seasonal links provided always appear in the same order but do not link to events in chronological order, depending on what time of year you access them. For example, if viewing the page in late June, the 'winter' video is older than the 'spring' video. They are replaced or refreshed as each new season is ready to display.

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