Geosciences Gateways and Resources

The Geosciences Gateways and Resources collection is comprised of web portals, web sites, and individual digital resources in many areas of the geosciences, including atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, geology, geophysics, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, soil science, and other Earth science subjects. Here may be found educational materials for geoscience educators and learners (early childhood through graduate school), resources intended for the general public, and materials aimed at research communities in the geosciences.

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AIRNow: Air Quality Information
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AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and forecasts of air quality across the country. The organization's home page features news articles, information on the Air Quality Index (AQI), and highlighted forecasts for areas with AQIs of special concern. An interactive map shows weather systems, winds, and areas where air quality is likely to be compromised by ozone, particulates, ultraviolet radiation, or other pollutants, with links to current conditions, forecasts, and webcams for selected cities. There are also links to educational materials on air quality for younger students, interactive features and visual materials for older students, and curriculum materials for teachers. Other resources include information on AQI for health providers, older adults, and TV weathercasters; information on air quality and personal health, smoke from fires, and links to air quality information from other countries.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Arizona Meteorites
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This page provides information on meteorites found in the State of Arizona. An interactive map shows the locations on meteorite finds in the state; clicking on a location provides additional information, including the meteorite's name (they are usually named after the location where they are found), composition, weight, date of discovery, and a photo (where available). There is also an alphabetical listing of meteorites by name and a set of links to other websites with information on meteorites.

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
David A. Kring
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Climate Change Education .org
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Climate Change Education .org is a volunteer organization made up primarily of docents and interns at California science centers and museums, along with students, scientists, and staff at the University of California, Berkeley. The organization specializes in hands-on science demonstrations relevant to climate change and other topics, and the encouragement of partnerships in education. The group's two portal web sites, Climate Change Education .org and Global Warming California .net, direct visitors to hundreds of links to great resources on subjects of interest.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Clouds, A Teaching Box
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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Explore the educational resources in this teaching box and bring cloud science to your elementary students. The science of clouds helps students feel closer to the sky and in awe of nature as they learn elementary concepts of physics, the water cycle, and atmospheric science. Teaching Boxes are themed collections of classroom-ready educational resources to build student understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Resources highlighted within teaching boxes are from various science education programs and have been vetted by UCAR educators.

Subject:
Engineering
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
SPARK
Date Added:
04/04/2014
Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository
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The Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR) is an online repository providing geospatial data and metadata for New York State, with special emphasis on natural features relevant to agriculture, ecology, natural resources, and human-environment interactions. The site offers downloadable datasets on landforms and topography, soils, hydrology, environmental hazards, agricultural activities, wildlife and natural resource management, and other topics. The user interface features image maps with zoom capability for graphically selecting a geographic area of interest. Datasets can be browsed by topic, data provider, spatial series (spatial units for which one or more data themes are available), or by an interactive map viewer. They are accompanied by extensive metadata, including title, theme, provider, coordinate system, data quality, spatial organization, entity and attribute information, and many other parameters.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Current Velocities of the Gulf Stream
Conditions of Use:
Remix and Share
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This site presents near-realtime monitoring of the current system of the Gulf Stream with ERS-2 fast delivery altimeter data from four satellites--Envisat, Jason-1, TOPEX/Poseidon, and GFO--and DUT operational orbits. Four constantly updated maps are presented,showing current velocities of the Gulf Stream in the vicinity of the East Coast of North America one week before date of viewing, two weeks before, three weeks before, and four weeks before. Animations of the Gulf Stream velocities are also available from the site, as well as an archive of previous maps.

Subject:
Geoscience
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
DEOS (Department of Earth Observation and Space Systems), Delft University of Technology
Date Added:
11/02/2014
The DataStreme Project
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The DataStreme Project is a pre-college teacher enhancement initiative of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Its main goal is the training of Weather Education Resource Teachers who will promote the teaching of science, mathematics and technology using weather as a vehicle, across the K-12 curriculum in their home school districts. The initial step in the training of Resource Teachers is their participation in the DataStreme distance-learning course. The 13-week course is offered twice a year to selected participants. It focuses on the study of the atmospheric environment through the use of electronically transmitted weather data and learning materials combined with Study Guide readings and investigations. The Project is funded by the National Science Foundation with assistance from the U.S. National Weather Service and the State University of New York College at Brockport. DataStreme expects to train over 4,000 teachers nationally.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
AMS/NOAA Cooperative Program for Earth System Education (CPESE)
Date Added:
09/05/2002
Designing and Creating Earth Science Lessons with Google Earth‰ă˘
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This teacher's guide provides instructions on creating Earth science lessons using Google Earth‰ă˘ software. The guide, which focuses on using the free version of the software, covers how to plan a lesson (what the software can do, what can be included in a lesson) and how to create a lesson (creating folders, placemarks, map layers; sharing lessons). There are also links to useful tools for image processing, text editing, and image hosting, and an appendix with instructions for downloading, installing, and using the software. A sample "tour" is provided, and a downloadable, printable version of the guide is included.

Subject:
Technology
Geoscience
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Drew Patrick (Fox Lane High School, Bedford, New York)
Eric Fermann (Eastchester High School, Eastchester, New York)
Steve Kluge (Fox Lane High School, Bedford, New York, and SUNY Purchase)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Divisions of Geologic Time: Major Chronostratigraphic and Geochronologic Units
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This geologic time scale, developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Geologic Names Committee, provides the most up-to-date ages for all the geologic periods and presents recently adopted new names for some of the oldest divisions of geologic time. It is available as a downloadable, printable USGS fact sheet that includes the time-scale graphic, a brief description of the changes, and a discussion of how the time scale's color shemes relate to geologic maps. References and a citation for the publication are provided.

Subject:
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
EarthCaching: An Educator's Guide
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This downloadable, printable guide provides educators with an introduction to Earthcaching, a hands-on field experience in which students use hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units to locate and study sites with geological or Earth science interest. Topics include an explanation of GPS technology, uses of coordinate systems, the use of EarthCaching in education, and the use of the EarthCache web site to register, locate and visit sites, or create and submit a new site. The Guide also includes a discussion of equipment needs, including ideas for acquiring GPS receivers, and lesson ideas tailored to varying degrees of student access to the internet and GPS receivers.

Subject:
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Earth Institute
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The mission of the Earth Institute at Columbia University is to help the world achieve sustainability by expanding understanding of the Earth as one integrated system. Through research, education, and the practical application of research to real-world challenges, the Institute addresses nine interconnected global issues: climate and society, water, energy, poverty, ecosystems, public health, food and nutrition, and hazards and urbanization. The Institute's site offers a collection of videotaped events, including the biannual "State of the Planet" conferences, 2002-08, a Distinguished Lecture series, and the Sustainable Development seminar series, as well as e-seminars and e-briefings, information about funding opportunities, and information about educational opportunities at Columbia.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Sachs, Jeffrey
Date Added:
11/02/2014
EarthLabs: Teacher's Guide
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The EarthLabs project provides a national model for rigorous and engaging Earth and environmental science labs. The activities in each EarthLabs topic represent a lab sequence for an integrated instructional unit. Six topics are available: corals, cryosphere, drought, earth system science, fisheries and hurricanes. There are six to nine labs within each topic with complete directions.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Science Education Resource Center
TERC
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Earth Science Picture of the Day
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The Earth Science Picture of the Day is an image archive that is hosted by the Universities Space Research Association in association with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center with a record of entries beginning September 2000. Each image is accompanied by a descriptive text and links to relevant supporting websites. Keyword searching is provided. Browsing by related fields includes: agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, climatology, conservation, ecology, energy, engineering, genetics, geography, geology, history, hydrology, marine biology, mathematics, meteorology, modeling, oceanography, optics, paleontology, physics, plant science, policy and social sciences, public health, remote sensing, zoology. General topics include: carbon cycling clouds, currents, deep sea exploration, drought, earth, earthquakes, El Nino, La Nina, erosion and sedimentation, evolution of the earth, fires, floods, food chains, freshwater, glaciers, global change, human impact hurricanes impact phenomena, interior of the earth, legislation and regulation, life, lightning meteorites and comets, micro-organisms, modeling, moon, other planets, photosynthesis, plate tectonics, pollution, satellites, sky, snow and ice, space storm surges and tsunamis, storms, sun, technology, tornadoes, volcanoes, water, weather, and wetlands.

Subject:
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
10/31/2014
EarthScope
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EarthScope applies modern observational, analytical, and telecommunications technologies to investigate the structure and evolution of the North American continent and the physical processes controlling earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Imaging the crust and mantle at an unprecedented scale, EarthScope integrates new observations from cutting-edge land and space based technologies to measure deformation in real-time at continental scales. These observations, integrated with geologic data, yield a comprehensive time-integrated picture of continental evolution and link surface features with their structures at depth. The site houses a number of original data sources (such as real-time seismic data and maps), a gateway to current seismic news and events, and Earth sciences related community event calendars.

Subject:
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Bryan Hance
Michelle Hall-Wallace
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Earth, The Operator's Manual
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Video about the interconnectedness of climate change and energy. Available to watch in its intirety or as individual segments about humans and energy, formation of fossil fuels, CO2 and the atmosphere, CO2 in the ice core record, and climate change and governments.

Subject:
Geoscience
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Passport to Knowledge/Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Inc
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Enduring Resources for Earth Science Education
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The Enduring Resources for Earth Science Education (ERESE) Project provides educational resources for Earth science that combine classroom teaching and scientific research. These resources, from the EarthRef.org and SIOExplorer databases, include recent Earth science data and images; links to archived and ongoing field expeditions with daily image galleries, reports and video clips; inquiry-based lessons designed and implemented by teachers; and meteorological, geophysical and oceanographic data from hundreds of research cruises. The collection can be searched by predefined questions or by resource matrices, objects and materials for a certain concept or subject. Search results include a thumbnail of the object, resource type, grade level, file information, and a brief description.

Subject:
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
San Diego Supercomputer Center
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Environmental Inquiry: Authentic Scientific Research for High School Students
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Environmental Inquiry (EI) features curriculum materials and online resources developed to help students conduct environmental science research and participate in communities of fellow student scientists. EI includes two levels of inquiry, modeled after professional scientific research. First, students learn specific research protocols, then conduct interactive research projects based on the protocols. Downloadable forms help them design experiments and then analyze, interpret, and present the results. Discussion boards and an online peer-review forum provide opportunities for interaction with fellow students. Topics include toxicology, invasive species, biodegradation, and watershed dynamics. Each of these topic areas is supported by a textbook and web-based resources.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Provider:
NSDL Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Cornell University
Pennsylvania State University
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Exploring Earth: Investigations
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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This site provides more than 75 earth science investigations. Each presents photos and text (and sometimes video) that help students understand key earth science concepts. Among the topics: earth's layers, rocks, volcanoes and plate tectonics, earthquakes and mountains, surface and ground water, wind and currents, atmosphere and weather, climate change, oceans, our moon and solar system, and earth's history.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Science and Technology Foundation
NSDL Staff
Technical Education Research Centers (TERC)
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
TERC
Date Added:
02/16/2011
GLOBE Program: Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
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Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a hands-on international environmental science and education program that links students, teachers, and the research community in order to learn about the environment. Research projects cover such topics as seasons and biomes, the carbon cycle, watershed dynamics, and extreme environments. Students in GLOBE groups in over a hundred countries make measurements of atmospheric conditions, hydrology, soils, or land cover/phenology, report the data on the internet, and publish their research in collaboration with scientists and other GLOBE students. For teachers, the site provides information on professional development opportunities, a teachers' guide, videos, and other materials, and contact and support from the GLOBE help desk, other teachers, and scientists.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Geoscience Images
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Links to visuals (photographs, diagrams, animations, maps, etc.) relevant to a variety of Earth science topics including astronomy, geologic time, groundwater, rocks and minerals, and many others; includes material on geology of New York State.

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Steve Kluge
Date Added:
11/02/2014