Wednesday, April 22, 2009

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Awesome Website Links

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Awesome Website
~~~ with links ~~~

... but first a digression ...

Faith-based thinking demands that we accept some groups
subjective interpretation of reality, creation, humanity and god.
Faith-based thinking demands that we focus upon their one-percent
to the exclusion of the rest of the story.

For all the truth faith-based systems may possess,
they can never contain all the truth.

No mortal can "know" god, or our universe, with certainty!

But, we can learn and understand aspects of it ~ if we want.

Every member of humanity ought to learn about our Earth and its life sustaining biosphere. There are many excellent websites put together by honest sincere and educated people, backed up by the research of untold others and tens of thousands of valid instruments along with their publicly available data.

Here is an awesome example of what is available for those who seek.


The following is basically a cut and paste from NOAA’s office of oceanic and atmospheric research / education web site, along with their links.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Education resources
General Information

* Science with NOAA Research online resources --provides research and investigation experiences for middle school science students and teachers.
* NOAA 200th Anniversary Web Site -- provides an in-depth history of NOAA's first 200 years of research on tornadoes and hurricanes, climate and climate change, and coastal ecosystems
* NOAA Education Resources -- provides access to educational activities, publications, and booklets
* NOAA's Educational Opportunities for Students -- opportunities for students pursuing educational interests or considering careers in NOAA areas of expertise.
* NOAA Photo Library -- collection contains albums and catalogs with over 20,000 images.
* NOAA Research Spotlight and Spotlight Archives -- contain short feature articles on diverse scientific projects and collaborations within the organization
* WINDandSEA -- The Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator provides links to science, policy and educational sites, includeing a Teachers and Students Corner
* Science on the Web -- Web Activities Using Scientific Data
* GLOBE Program -- Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment


Climate Information

* Questions and Answers About Antarctica -- This Q and A was developed in response to an email from a teacher at a school for children with learning disabilities who were studying Antarctica.
* El Niño Theme Page -- provides access to realtime data and discussions about El Niño, including FAQs (PMEL)
* Arctic Theme Page -- provides access to Arctic data and information for scientists, students, teachers and the general public.
* Global climate change -- provides educational graphics on global climate change and the greenhouse effect (ESRL)
* NOAA Bering Sea Climate and Ecosystem website -- looks at future evolution of the Bering Sea climate/ecosystem
* "Climate Change: What We Know and What We Don't Know" -- Presentation on climate change research (AL)
* Causes of climate change and effects of carbon dioxide on the environment -- information from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program at the U.S. Department of Energy
* The Climate Change Collection -- a suite of science education web-based resources covering natural climate dynamics as well as human impacts on the climate system.

Physical processes contribute to climate change

Climate researchers agree there is much that we know but many things we don't know about the causes of climate change.

Ocean and Great Lakes Information

* Teacher at Sea Program -- teacher participation in research projects on board ship with interactive learning experiences for their classrooms; Teacher at Sea videos (CPO)
* An educator's Guide to International Year of the Ocean pdf -- provides ways to involve students in the study of the ocean (NOAA)
* Special Sites for Kids -- reference list of links for K-12 (PMEL)
* Jason Project -- a year-long scientific expedition with supplemental science and geography curriculum
* Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean theme page (PMEL)
* NOAA Ship Ka'imimoana at sea (PMEL)
* NEMO, the New Milennium Observatory -- studies the dynamic interactions between submarine volcanic activity and seafloor hotsprings (PMEL)
* Aquarius -- an underwater ocean laboratory used to study and explore our coastal ocean through saturation diving (NURP)
* "Biscayne Bubbles" -- provides educational information about biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of the fragile coastal ecosystem near Key Biscayne (AOML)
* About Our Great Lakes -- information for students, parents, and teachers interested in learning more about our Great Lakes (GLERL).
* Aquaculture Information Center -- K-12 selected educational resources from DOC/NOAA
* National Data Buoy Center -- Science Education Pages
* Interactive Climate Analysis and Data Plotting

Weather and Air Quality Information

* Weather -- general educational information from NOAA
* VORTEX: Unraveling the Secrets -- tornado intercept project timeline and storybook (NSSL)
* Weather Education -- general information for kids, parents and teachers and coloring books for young children (NSSL)
* Teacher Resources for Weather and Climate -- instructional resources (NSSL)
* Weather Education -- from the National Weather Service
* Jet Stream -- an online weather school from the NWS
* Classroom Activities -- posters for elementary, middle and high school students (ESRL)
* Red Sky in the Morning -- the truth behind the folk wisdom (ARL)
* Hurricane Education -- multimedia (CPO)


an 18 minute overview of NOAA Research
see the text of Dynamic Science


Part 1: Introduction (2:16)
Part 2: Weather and Forecasting (4:23)
Part 3: Climate (4:16)
Part 4: Air Quality (1:02)
Part 5: Oceans and Coasts (6:14)

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