Using GLOBE Data to Study the Earth System

In this activity, students are guided through the process of locating and graphing web-based environmental data that has been collected by GLOBE Program participants using actual data collected by students in Pennsylvania and comparing them to their local climatic boundary conditions. This activity highlights the opportunities for using GLOBE data to introduce basic concepts of Earth system science.

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Nick Haddad
Tamara Shapiro Ledley
Center for Science Teaching and Learning, TERC

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Teaching Tips

Instructions are very cookie-cutter/step-by-step in nature. It might be worthwhile to include some additional questions that ask students to explore the available data sets more on their own.

Link to a data source for local climate data from NOAA: http://www7.ncdc.noaa.gov/CDO/CDODivisionalSelect.jsp.

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