WeatherSchool @ AAAS introduces you to a variety of factors that affect patterns in air temperature. In a series of modules, you will learn how moving air masses can cause day-to-day temperature variation, how geographic factors such as elevation above sea level can influence temperature at any given location, and how the movement of the earth in relation to the sun can affect temperature over the course of a year. The modules use Google Maps to interact with daily measurements collected by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The data were collected by local weather stations between 1929 and 2010 in the United States and around the world.
Each module begins with a guided activity designed to illustrate a temperature pattern or a variable affecting that pattern. This is followed by an open-ended Try It activity. In the Try It activity, you can further explore the featured pattern by picking different locations on the maps and choosing different dates.
At the end of each module you can check your understanding by answering the Quiz Yourself questions or learn more by following the Expand Your Knowledge links.
The Project 2061 research and development team was led by Jo Ellen Roseman, principal investigator for the project and director of Project 2061, and by George DeBoer, deputy director of Project 2061. Tim Eichler, Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at St. Louis University and former scientist in the NOAA Climate Prediction Center served as an external consultant, reviewing materials for scientific accuracy and guiding staff to appropriate resources. All programming for the website was done in-house by Brian Sweeney and Bernard Koch. Mary Koppal, Director of Communications at Project 2061, had primary responsibility for the design, editing, and promotion of the website. A group of middle school science teachers and their students from the Montgomery County, MD school district pilot and field tested early versions of the materials. Bill Nave, an independent evaluation consultant, served as evaluator for the project. The work was supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The Project 2061 Research and Development Team
Jo Ellen Roseman, Ph.D., Director of Project 2061 and Principal Investigator
George DeBoer, Ph.D., Deputy Director of Project 2061
Abigail Burrows, Senior Project Coordinator
Barbara Goldstein, Program Associate
Bernard Koch, Research Assistant
Mary Koppal, Communications Director
Francis Molina, Ph.D., Technology Director
Brian Sweeney, Manager, applications development
Jill Wertheim, Ph.D., Research Associate
Ted Willard, Project Director
Development of this website is supported by grant # NA09SEC4690008 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and by grant # NNX09AL72G from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.