Land Surface Air Temperature

This is a global land surface air temperature graphic showing four overlapping time-series datasets based on records from 1961 - 2000.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

For each dataset, one value is plotted for each year in the period of record. For datasets with multiple values in one year, an average is calculated for one annual value. This must be explicitly reinforced with students when analyzing the graphic. Missing annual values are interpolated between non-missing values. Younger students may not be familiar with data represented this way.

Links to original data publications provided for higher level students to download the entire data set from that source.

Zooming and pan feature for graphic does not work well.

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