Investigating El Nino using real data

This is a sequence of 5 classroom activities focusing on the El NiÃo climate variability. The activities increase in complexity and student-directedness. The focus of the activities is on accessing and manipulating real data to help students understand El NiÃo as an interaction of Earth systems.

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Atziri Ibanez
Kate Thompson
Kenneth Casey
NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project

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Most current El NiÃo information and data is available at

Many terms used in this activity are likely unfamiliar or poorly defined in mind of students. A good glossary can be found here:

This resource is aligned with Ocean Literacy principles.