California Climate and the Atmosphere

In this 3-part lesson, students explore California climate and factors that are leading to changes within this climate system. Students begin by exploring California's climate and the state's topography. Next, they investigate coastal versus inland climate. Finally, they use My NASA Data to explore the effects of El NiÃo/La NiÃa on two locations found at the same latitude.

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Laura Wharton
Annette Brickley
Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Activity takes two to three 50-minute class periods.

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Excellent background materials for teachers. A good series of additional references and resources are provided.

A big file to download