Atmosphere

Subject Clouds

Link: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/synoptic/ll_clouds1.htm
Description: NOAA: Jetstream: An Online School for Weather: Topics include Head in the Clouds, Atmospheric Collisions, It's the "Rain" Man, Drawing Conclusions
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Learning Lesson Plans

Subject: Clouds

Link: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/synoptic/synoptic_intro.htm
Description: Synoptic Meteorology Topics include clouds, precipitation, air masses, cyclone models, winds, weather maps
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Learning Lessons Plans

Subject: Clouds, MY NASA DATA

Link: http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/preview_lesson.php?&passid=43
Description: Storm Clouds: Fly over a Late Winter Storm onboard a NASA Earth Observing Satellite. To use CERES cloud data and a weather map to explore cloud coverage during a winter storm
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Lessons Plans

Subject: Cloud Identification

Link: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/synoptic/synoptic_intro.htm
Description: Cloud Profile: Topics include clouds, precipitation, air masses, cyclone models, winds, weather maps
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Lesson Plans

Subject: Clouds

Link: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/synoptic/ll_clouds1.htm
Description: Topics include Head in the Clouds, Atmospheric Collisions, It's the "Rain" Man, Drawing Conclusions
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Learning Lesson Plans

Subject: Clouds

Link: http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/index.php
Description: Students Cloud Observation On-line Project: Compare the surface- and space-based observations to learn more about clouds and climate
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Classroom Activity, Computer Activity, Field Activity, Lesson Plan, Project, Reference Material

Subject: Snow Crystals and Snow flakes

Link: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/
Description: The many facets of snow crystals are described here, along with attempts to understand their formation.
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Professional, General Public
Resource Type: Field Activity, Illustration - Scientific, Photograph, Video, Reference material

Subject: Precipitation

Link: http://www.globe.gov/tctg/precip.pdf?sectionId=12
Description: Precipitation Protocols: The purpose of this activity is to determine the amount of moisture input to the local environment by measuring rain and snowfall and to measure the pH of precipitation. To do so students use a rain gauge and a snowboard to measure the daily amount of precipitation. Special pH measuring techniques for precipitation are used to determine the pH of rain and melted snow. Intended outcomes are that students
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Field Activity, Guide for Instructor

Subject: Clouds and Precipitation

Link: http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/cld/prcp/home.rxml
Description: This site covers many of the components of cloud formation and cloud types. Although written for the high school level, the middle school student could grasp most of the concepts with the assistance from the teacher. Specific concepts covered include the importance of and mechanisms that produce rising air, cloud types, and types of precipitation.
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Tutorial

Subject: Precipitation

Title: My NASA DATA User Contributed Lesson 18 Does cloud type affect rainfall
Link: http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/preview_lesson.php?&passid=49
Description: Students will hypothesize what types of clouds they believe will create the most precipitation (rainfall) over Nashville, TN
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Subject: Acid Rain

Link: http://www.epa.gov/acidrain/education/site_students/index.html
Description: This web site introduces students to the concepts and issues surrounding acid rain. There is an acid rain animation, as well as online activities for younger students
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle school
Resource Type: Computer Activity, Reference Material

Land

Subject: Groundwater

Link: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthgw.html
Description: This USGS site contains descriptions about many aspects of ground water.
Grade level: Middle School, High School, College, General Public
Resource Type: Illustration - Scientific, Photograph, Glossary, Reference Material

Subject: Groundwater

Link: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/dwg/gw/education/study_guide.htm
Description: A curriculum development guide for 6th to 9th grade earth science teachers, adaptable to older and younger students, informal education settings and the general public.
Grade level: Middle School
Resource Type: Study Guide and Activity Sheets

Subject: Infiltration

Link: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycleinfiltration.html
Description: This site discusses the property of downward movement, or infiltration of water with scientific illustrations demonstrating the processes that affect infiltration.
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Reference Material with Scientific Illustrations.

Subject: Surface Runoff

Link: http://www.physicalgeography.net/fundamentals/8n.html
Description: This site provides a basic understanding of surface runoff and the events that lead to it. Surface runoff is also viewed from a global perspective. A link to a study guide covering many aspects to hydrology is also provided.
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Study Guide

Subject: Condensation

Link: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercyclecondensation.html
Description: This site provides information regarding the process of condensation with an FAQ style presentation. Answers to common, everyday phenomenons regarding condensation are explained, with key terms highlighted.
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Reference Material and Study Guide.

Subject: Rivers

Link: http://library.thinkquest.org/28022/body.html
Description: This site is a comprehensive tool that teaches students about the various qualities of rivers. This study tool provides animated pages that teaches lessons including river erosion, volume, velocity, and transportation. Online worksheets and case studies are also available.
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Research Tool, Study Guide, Case Study, Reference Material with Scientific Illustrations.

Subject: Evapotranspiration

Link: http://www.fao.org/docrep/X0490E/x0490e04.htm
Description: This site begins by describing the two processes that make up evapotranspiration, then discusses factors that affect evapotranspiration and other concepts.
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Reference Material, Online Textbook.

Subject: Water and Ice

Link: http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?Grade=k-2&BenchmarkID=4&DocID=4
Description: This site allows younger students to observe water as it changes through various states. A basic understanding of the water cycle is developed and explored through a classroom experiment.
Grade level: Elementary School
Resource Type: Lesson Plan with Classroom Activity

Subject: Soil Moisture

Link: http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/landprocess/lp_home.html
Description: This website describes soil moisture, its importance, and links to other relevant resources
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Reference Material, Study Guide.

Subject: Rivers and Lakes

Link: http://library.thinkquest.org/C003157/water/rivers.htm
Description: This site distinguishes between rivers and lakes, also providing pictures and more information about water.
Grade level: Middle School
Resource Type: Reference Material

Subject: Streamflow

Link: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/rt
Description: This USGS site allows students to access a variety of streamflow information. There is an interactive map where the user can select streamflow data for selected stream gaging stations in the United States. Stations can be selected in list form, an interactive state map, or 10 nearest stations to position selected.
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Professional, General Public
Resource Type: In-situ Dataset

Subject: Canopy

Link: http://www.globalcanopy.org/contact/factsheet.php
Description: The mission of the Global Canopy Programme is to launch a major effort to scientifically explore and raise awareness about the unique canopy environment
Grade level: College, Professional, General Public
Resource Type: Education, outreach and public relations reference materials to decision makers and the general public

Subject: Fluffy Snow to Glacier Ice

Link: http://tea.armadaproject.org/activity/tea_activity_shutey_permeabil.html
Description: Students build on their growing knowledge of ice and glacier growth. The students examine images of core samples and make observations about the decreasing size of gas bubbles with increasing depth in the core. The students model permeability. From this experiment, they will develop an understanding of the movement of air through snow and ice and why this information is critical
Grade level: Middle School
Resource Type: Classroom Activity


Ocean

Subject: Coral Reefs

Link: http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/marinebio/coralreef.html
Description: Description of coral reef environment for high school level and higher. Photographs each featuring a descriptive caption. Topics discussed include ecology, symbiosis, and predator defense. The site features many different species and stages of coral from all over the globe, and also many of the fishes that are associated with coral reefs. Full description.
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Photograph, Reference Material

Subject: Coral Reefs

Link: http://www.oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/classroom/01_coralreef.html
Description: Discovery Classroom. Coral Reef Conservation
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Lesson Plans

Subject: Evaporation (Oceans, Weather and Climate)

Link: http://www.utm.edu/departments/cece/old_site/fifth/5M3.shtml
Description: Classroom Connectors lesson plan teaches students about the relationships between oceans, weather, and climate.
Grade level: Elementary School
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Subject: Evaporation

Link: http://www.utm.edu/departments/cece/old_site/second/2K1.shtml
Description: Classroom Connectors lesson plan teaches young students about condensation, evaporation and the water cycle.
Grade level: Elementary School
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Subject: Sea Surface Temperature

Link: http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/preview_lesson.php?&passid=9
Description: Sea Surface Trends of the Gulf Stream
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Subject: Aquarius: Sea Salinity from space

Link: http://aquarius.gsfc.nasa.gov/education-salinity.html
Description: Aquarius; a satellite instrument that measures sea surface salinity
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Background information about Salinity, Classroom Activity, Salinity Lesson Plans, and Imagery

Subject: Salinity

Link: http://www.globe.gov/tctg/hydro_prot_salinity.pdf?sectionId=154
Description: The purpose of this resource is to measure the salinity of the water at your hydrology site.
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Field Activity, Lab Activity, Guide for Instructor

Subject: Salinity

Link: http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci166.html
Description: Students will observe how salt concentration increases in water and how the salt remains after the water evaporates
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School
Resource Type: Classroom Activity

Subject: Sea Ice

Link: http://nsidc.org/seaice/
Description: This site provides information regarding sea ice; including it's characteristics, processes, and role in the environment. Links to other educational resources are provided as well.
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Reference Material, Study Guide

Subject: Oceans

Link: http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/topex/
Description: TOPEX: a satellite equipped to measure the surface of the global ocean.
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: General Information on the Satellite TOPEX/POSEIDON, Tutorial, Activities

Subject: Believe it or Not Ocean Facts

Link: http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/education/cool-facts.html
Description: Interesting facts about Oceans
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Fact Sheet

Subject: El Nino

Link: http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/en/kids/topex_make1.shtml
Description: Whip up some El Nino pudding!
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Classroom Activity


Satellite Missions

Subject: AQUA Satellite Mission

Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Water/water_5.php
Description: NASA satellite mission to monitor water in the Earth's environment
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Fact Sheet

Subject: ICESat Satellite Mission

Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/ICESat/
Description: NASA satellite mission to understand how changes in the Earths atmosphere and climate affect polar ice masses and global sea level. ICESat will also measure the distribution of clouds and aerosols, as well as land topography, sea ice, and vegetation cover.
Grade level: High School
Resource T ype: Fact Sheet

Subject: GRACE Satellite Mission

Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GRACE/
Description: NASA Satellite mission detects changes in Earths gravity field
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Fact Sheet

Subject: Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Satellite Mission

Link: http://gpm.gsfc.nasa.gov/
Description: This homepage for the GPM will describe anticipated services and justification for satellite-based research on global precipitation.
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Scientific Articles, Fact Sheet, Multimedia, and Public Outreach.

Subject: Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)

Link: http://trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/overview_dir/background.html
Description: The homepage to the TRMM mission will provide information regarding the satellite and it's instruments, images of the satellite, news, and the option of searching for TRMM data. While the information is complex, certain parts of the site are designed to be understandable by younger audiences.
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Fact Sheet with Images and a Search Tool.

Subject: EOS-Aura Satellite Mission

Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Aura/
Description: This site will provide current news articles about the mission, details about the instruments, along with helpful images.
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Fact Sheet, FAQ, Scientific Photographs

Subject: EOS-Terra Satellite Mission

Link: http://terra.nasa.gov/About/
Description: The home page of this satellite mission will describe the goals of the Terra mission, and provides detailed explanations and images of its instruments and data. Terra publications are also available in online form.
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Gallery, Fact Sheet, Reference Material

Subject: SORCE Satellite Mission

Link: http://lasp.colorado.edu/sorce/education/edu_outreach.htm
Description: This website provides multimedia like images and videos for classroom use. Additionally, Classroom experiments, an online PDF Fact Sheet, and a Student Q&A are provided for further discussion. Information regarding the SORCE satellite itself is summarized and links to more resources are provided
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Fact Sheet, Multimedia, FAQ, Experiments, Information Reference.

Subject: TOMS Satellite Mission

Link: http://toms.gsfc.nasa.gov/teacher/teacher.html
Description: This particular link will take you to a list of classroom activities and lessons, as well as projects for more advanced students. Activity sheets are provided online. Instruments used by the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer are described in this website as well. Further multimedia is provided, including images about the ozone layer.
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Images, Movies, Reference, Activities and Project.

Subject: GOES Satellite Mission

Link: http://goespoes.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/spacecraft/index.html
Description: This site describes the actual satellite and the instruments used by the satellite. Project details and contributions to the community are outlined. Colorful images are provided, as well as links to other educational databases.
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Image Gallery, Reference

Subject: QuickSCAT Satellite Mission

Link: http://winds.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/quikscat/index.cfm
Description: The QuickSCAT home page will give a brief mission overview and mission objectives. Provided for reference are instrument statistics, satellite images, and animations. Actual resources like CDs and videos may be ordered as well.
Grade level: High School
Resource Type: Image Gallery, Animations, Data, Reference

Subject: CloudSat Satellite Mission

Link: http://cloudsat.atmos.colostate.edu/education/cloudsat_resources
Description: CD ROM contains educational activities, artwork and references, along with a glossary, video clips of CloudSat scientists and other mission personnel describing their careers and answering questions about climate, weather, radar and the mission, plus links to further information.
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Classroom Activity, Lab Activity, Presentation/Demo

Subject: Calipso Satellite Mission

Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/CALIPSO/
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/features/F_A_Train_Express.html
Description: NASA CONNECT program which helps students understand how weather affects everyone's daily lives and learn about two NASA satellite Earth Science missions, CALIPSO and CloudSat.
Grade level: Middle School
Resource Type: Classroom Activity, Guide for Instructor

Subject: Aquarius: Satellite Mission

Link: http://aquarius.gsfc.nasa.gov/education.html
Description: The Aquarius satellite will launch in 2009, and its instruments will measure sea salinity. This website provides background information, lessons, data, and even a glossary. Activities include relating salt to density, conductivity, buoyancy, and understanding the effect of the water cycle on salinity.
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Classroom Activity, Lesson Plan, Image Gallery, Reference Material

Subject: LandSat 7 Satellite Mission

Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Landsat/
Description: This website provides multimedia like images and videos for classroom use. Additionally, Classroom experiments, an online PDF Fact Sheet, and a Student Q&A are provided for further discussion. Information regarding the Landsat satellite itself is summarized and links to more resources are provided
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Fact Sheet, Multimedia, FAQ, Experiments, Reference


Education links

GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment)
http://www.csr.utexas.edu/grace/education/

CloudSat
http://cloudsat.atmos.colostate.edu/education

CUAHSI Database of Education and Outreach Programs
http://www.hydrologicscience.org/wsop/

CUAHSI Short Films About Water [2]
http://www.cuahsi.org/wmp-videos.html

DELESE: Digital Library for Earth System Educators
http://www.dlese.org/library/index.jsp

Earth Science Teaching Lesson Plans (Water)
http://geology.com/teacher/water.shtml
Educational Resources (Topics include: Land, Ocean, Atmosphere, Applications, NASA Satellite Missions, and The Water Cycle)

How NASA Studies Water
http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/water.htm

NASA Science for Educators
http://science.nasa.gov/educators/earth-science-education-catalog/

Lesson Planet The Search Engine for Teachers (Water Cycle) [7]
http://www.lessonplanet.com/search/search?keywords=water+cycle&rating=4&gclid=CMGA4_e9mI8CFQhtFQodOVlmfQ

NASA Earth Observatory
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

NASA Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum
http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/

NOAA Climate Project Office Education Resources [10]
http://www.oar.noaa.gov/education/

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
http://www.projectwet.org/

Science on a Sphere
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/visitor/exhibits/sphere.html

The GLOBE Program
http://classic.globe.gov/community/home?lang=en

Water Science Glossary of Terms
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/dictionary.html


Taking a global perspective on Earth's climate

NASA currently has more than a dozen Earth science spacecraft/ instruments in orbit studying all aspects of the Earth system (oceans, land, atmosphere, biosphere, cyrosphere), with several more planned for launch in the next few years.
http://climate.nasa.gov/NasaRole/


Earth Science Missions

http://climate.nasa.gov/missions/

 

 


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