Weather and Food Production: Links for Teachers

Are You Getting Thirsty?

This lesson focuses on the causes of droughts, and how drought affects coastal ecosystems and human communities. In this lesson students will define “drought,” learn how drought conditions correlate with water temperature changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean, and use data sources to investigate stream-flow and drought conditions in selected locations.
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/lessons/getting_thirsty.html

Features: Lesson Ideas, Assessment, Data Sources.

The importance of Soil Moisture in Weather and Climate Prediction

Soil moisture affects the transfer of moisture into the atmosphere and is a key component of global climate models.
http://www.research.noaa.gov/spotlite/archive/spot_ogp.html

Features: Lesson Ideas, Online Interactivity, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment, Data Sources

National Climate Impact Indicators

Climate factors such as temperature, rainfall, snowfall, and cloudiness have a significant impact on human health and quality of life.
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/cie/

Features: Data Sources, Graphics/Multimedia

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