Graphing Sea-Level Trends

Students use long term sea-level rise data set to create models and compare short-term trends to long-term trends. They then determine whether sea-level rise is occurring based on the data.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Teachers using graphing/spreadsheet software will want to do this themselves in advance to ensure they know the steps students should take.

Activity relies on the computer manipulation of a large data set. Lesson can be easily adapted for use without the data manipulation piece to reduce instructional time or for classrooms without access to multiple computers.

Topically relevant companion activities will enhance the deeper understanding of the learning objective.

Data only goes up to 2009. It may be more engaging if instructors are able to add more current data to the data set as well. However, what is there still conveys the general concept and trend, so the activity is still usable as is.

Students may need assistance with using Excel and Google Sheets. This includes using the programs and understanding trendlines (and which ones to use).