Exploring NCAR Climate Change Data Using GIS

This Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter uses ArcGIS and climate data from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Climate Change Scenarios GIS Data Portal to help users learn the basics of GIS-based climate modeling. The five-part exercise involves calculating summer average temperatures for the present day and future climate modeled output, visually comparing the temperature differences for the two model runs, and creating a temperature anomaly map to highlight air temperature increases or decreases around the world.

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Jennifer Boehnert
Lawrence Buja
Constantin Cranganu
Cathy Reznicek
David Smith
Michele Thornton
Olga Wilhelmi
Earth Exploration Toolbook
Activity takes three to five 60-minute periods. Computer access required.

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Carefully constructed with show/hide options to provide reinforcement and support

A major issue is that this resource uses ESRI's ArcGIS 9.3 software running on the Windows operating system. You can request an evaluation DVD of ArcGIS 9.x from ESRI, but the software requirements will be a significant barrier for some users.

Teachers using this lesson need to be proficient in ArcGIS.