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Climate Change and
Our Planet


    El Niño Theme Page - El Niño is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific Ocean having important consequences for weather and climate around the globe. NOAA has primary responsibilities for providing forecasts to the Nation, and a leadership role in sponsoring El Niño observations and research. This home page addresses some of the following topics: What is La Niña? What is El Niño?; The Impacts and Benefits of El Niño; 1997-1999 Information; Forecasts; List of impacts and prediction benefits; and 3D Animation.

    What is La Niña? - La Niña is characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, compared to El Niño, which is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific.

    Climate Prediction Center - The Climate Prediction Center serves the public by assessing and forecasting the impacts of short-term climate variability and emphasizing enhanced risks of weather-related extreme events. Educational materials include information on the ENSO cycle, and fact sheets and monographs.

    The National Climatic Data Center - This web site is a pathway to connect with both national and global climate data sets used by the government and the private sector. The Center has a statutory mission to describe the climate of the United States and it acts as the Nation's scorekeeper regarding the trends and anomalies of weather and climate. NCDC’s climate data is used in a variety of applications including agriculture, air quality, construction, education, energy, engineering, forestry, health, insurance, landscape design, livestock management, manufacturing, recreation and tourism, retailing, transportation, and water resources management. The Center's web site lists a number of educational links.

    Office of Global Programs Education and Outreach Products - NOAA has the primary task within the Federal Government to routinely provide climate forecasts and products to the nation and the Office of Global Programs assists in this capacity by sponsoring focused scientific research. This web site includes the “Reports to the Nation on Our Changing Planet” publication series: The Climate System, Our Ozone Shield, El Niño and Climate Prediction, Our Changing Climate.

    Climate and Marine Fisheries - This web page examines how changes in the earth's climate affect marine ecosystems and fisheries. Climate varies on different time scales, and this variation impacts fisheries in different ways. The web page includes summary information on climate as it relates to fisheries and provides examples of the impact on fisheries from short-term changes (El Niño scale), from intermediate to decadal scale changes, and from long-term climate variability. It also provides examples of the potential impact of global change on marine fisheries, links to research on climate and fisheries, and data sources for analysis.

    The NOAA Ship KA'IMIMOANA is a research vessel specifically designed and dedicated to maintaining the Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) array of buoys. Throughout the year, the ship crosses the equator back and forth; recovering, deploying, and repairing TAO moorings. Various scientific projects are undertaken by the ship and a daily log is kept and placed on the Internet when the ship is at sea.

    NOAA's Teacher at Sea on the Ron Brown Follow the adventure of a NOAA Teacher at Sea on her journey with the ACE-Asia Research Program. The cruise worked during the months of March and April, 2001, but the teacher's logs and photos help tell the story. The Aerosol Characterization Experiments (ACE) were designed to increase our understanding of how atmospheric aerosol particles affect the Earth's radiation balance by scattering or absorbing light and by acting as cloud forming nuclei. The teacher who made the cruise is a middle school teacher from Pennsylvania who worked with her class while she sailed the Pacific.">

    El Niño and La Niña: Tracing the Dance of Ocean and Atmosphere - This article, from the National Academy of Sciences, is an occasional article intended to explain the outcomes of basic science research. (This is a not a U.S. Government website. NOAA is not responsible for the content of external internet sites).



    The Arctic Theme Page - The education pages for this site include many educational resources. For example, you can find information on tracking the location of the North Magnetic Pole, what kind of research is done by arctic submarines, the location of a virtual classroom, how to understand latitude, and the page includes a polar climate section for young children.

    The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is an federal information and referral center supporting polar and cryospheric research with information on snow cover, avalanches, glaciers, ice sheets, freshwater ice, sea ice, ground ice, permafrost, atmospheric ice, paleoglaciology, and ice cores. Though the data products are targeted for the science research community, education resources for teachers and students are available. (This is a not a U.S. Government website. NOAA is not responsible for the content of external internet sites).



    A Paleoclimatological Perspective On Global Warming - Paleoclimatology is the study of past climate. This web site features information about global change, global warming and more from the National Geophysical Data Center.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Global Warming - This site can answer many questions about global warming, including: What is the greenhouse effect, and is it affecting our climate? Are greenhouse gases increasing? Is the climate warming? Are El Niños related to Global Warming? Is the hydrological cycle (evaporation and precipitation) changing? Is the atmospheric/oceanic circulation changing? Is the climate becoming more variable or extreme? How important are these changes in a longer-term context? Is sea level rising? Can the observed changes be explained by natural variability?



    Global Positioning System enters High School Curriculum - In a joint program between the National Ocean Service's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), students at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland are learning about global positioning systems (GPS) in a hands-on program for creating highly accurate maps of their school grounds. GPS became a part of the school's curriculum in 1998 in a program entitled "Information Technology in a Global Society". This program gives students the opportunity to use computers, telecommunications, and other emerging technologies to gather, analyze, and communicate information in the context of an increasingly interdependent world.

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