Time Series: Uncovering the Hidden Processes in Science

In this activity, students review techniques used by scientists as they analyze a 50-year temperature time series dataset. The exercise helps students understand that data typically has considerable variability from year to year and to predict trends, one needs to consider long-term data.

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Beth Simmons
Palmer LTER

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educator can use this activity in a variety of ways as a formative or summative assessment, or stand-alone activity during any time of the year as it addresses science processes.

Great activity to use in any discussion of why, at least in climate science, data collected over long periods of time is valuable.