List of all Atmosphere Maps, Data, and Models

Featured Phenomena: Changing Temperatures

Whether or not you are an elementary, middle, or high school science teacher, we bet that you observe and investigate air temperatures or (their effects) with your students.  Changing air temperatures are cyclical and predictable, but also are rising beyond the normal range due to a variety of fa

Global Air Temps

Purpose:  Consider using this mini-lesson during the last 10 minutes of the class period/lesson to assess students formative learning. 

Shortwave

Follow a Saharan dust plume across the Atlantic, or track water on its global journey via the hydrological cycle to 'see' the role that energy plays in cycling matter within the Earth system. Energy powers the transformation and movement of matter in all Earth system processes.

Systems and System Models: Planet on Fire (2013)

Fire is a powerful force on our planet. From South America's rainforests to Africa's savannas and Australia's highlands, fires touch 30 percent of the land surface. Yet whether naturally occurring or set by humans, fires' effects reach far beyond ravaged lands.

Systems and System Models: Megadrought (2015)

Drought conditions have affected much of the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains in recent years. But scientists now believe future droughts in the last half of this century could be the worst in the past millennium.

Systems and System Models:  Atmospheric CO2 Model (2014)

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the Atmosphere travels around the globe. Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources.

Global Temperature Anomaly

Visit NASA NEO's Global Temperature Anomaly to observe values for months or years. These maps — developed by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) — depict how much various regions of the world have warmed or cooled when compared with a base period of 1951-1980.

Mean Zonal Trend Global Map for April 2018 of Surface Temperature

Land surface temperature is how hot the “surface” of the Earth would feel to the touch in a particular location. From a satellite’s point of view, the “surface” is whatever it sees when it looks through the atmosphere to the ground.