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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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Reducing human vulnerability to and impacts on climate requires multi-disciplinary, integrated understanding
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Actions taken by different levels of society can mitigate climate change and increase preparedness for current and future generations
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Humans can take action
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Climate change vs. climate variability and patterns
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Changes in climate is normal but varies over times/ space
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Evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change
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Climate is variable
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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Observations, experiments, and theory are used to construct and refine computer models
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Climate models are robust enough to be used for guiding decision and actions as response to climate change
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Our understanding of climate
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Increased extreme weather events due to climate change
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Human health and well-being will be affected to different degrees from the impacts from climate change
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Climate change has consequences
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Energy Literacy

Earth is constantly changing as energy flows through the system.
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2.1 Changes in energy flow over time.
Water plays a major role in the storage and transfer of energy in the Earth system.
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2.4 Water stores and transfers energy.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
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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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Next Generation Science Standards See how this Static Visualization supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

MS-ESS2.D3:The ocean exerts a major influence on weather and climate by absorbing energy from the sun, releasing it over time, and globally redistributing it through ocean currents.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 2

Systems and System Models, Patterns

MS-C1.4:Graphs, charts, and images can be used to identify patterns in data.

MS-C4.2: Models can be used to represent systems and their interactions—such as inputs, processes and outputs—and energy, matter, and information flows within systems.

Science and Engineering Practices: 1

Developing and Using Models

MS-P2.5:Develop and/or use a model to predict and/or describe phenomena.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

HS-ESS3.D1:Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts.

HS-ESS3.D2:Through computer simulations and other studies, important discoveries are still being made about how the ocean, the atmosphere, and the biosphere interact and are modified in response to human activities.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 1

Stability and Change

HS-C7.2:Change and rates of change can be quantified and modeled over very short or very long periods of time. Some system changes are irreversible.

Science and Engineering Practices: 2

Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and Interpreting Data

HS-P2.6:Develop and/or use a model (including mathematical and computational) to generate data to support explanations, predict phenomena, analyze systems, and/or solve problems.

HS-P4.1:Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models (e.g., computational, mathematical) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims or determine an optimal design solution.


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