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The Florida Climate Center serves as the primary resource for climate data, information, and services in the state of Florida.


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The Florida Climate Center achieves its mission by providing climate monitoring, research, and expertise to be applied by the people, institutions, and businesses of Florida and the surrounding region.

We provide direct service by fulfilling requests for climate and weather data and information in a variety of formats.

We perform research that advances the understanding of the climate variability and changes of Florida and the surrounding region.

We provide outreach in presentations and at events aimed at a variety of groups, interests, and ages.

AgroClimate

(Grades: 6-12)

This tool, created by the Southeast Climate Consortium, illustrates how climate information is used to manage risk in agricultural practices across the Southeast U.S. While the site is geared toward agricultural producers, the climate data and analysis tools, forecasts and outlooks, and other information could benefit teachers.

http://agroclimate.org/


ASK-Florida

(Grades: 6-8)

Advancing Student Knowledge Through Teacher Education (known as "ASK Florida") to increase middle school teachers' content knowledge in climate change science and their ability to identify and use scientific and teaching tools to incorporate climate education in the classroom.

http://coaps.fsu.edu/outreach/ask-florida-climate-education


Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)

(Grades: K-12)

The CoCoRaHS program is a grassroots citizen science network of volunteer weather observers in the U.S. and Canada, who are working together to measure and map precipitation in their local communities.

http://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=CoCoRaHS_Schools


CPALMS

(Grades: K-12)

CPALMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards. It is the State of Florida’s official source for standards information and course descriptions.

http://www.cpalms.org/Public/


Deep-C Education and Outreach

(Grades: 6-12)

Engaging students and educators in research into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill through workshops on using marine technologies (ROVs), "Scientists in the Schools" series, internships for both students and teachers, and the GOO (Gulf Oil Observers) Project.

http://deep-c.org/education-and-outreach


Environmental Minute

(Grades: 5-12)

Environmental experts from the Florida State University provide information on a range of topics, including sea-level rise, greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, green technologies, pollution, hurricanes, ocean circulation, El Niño and many more.

http://coaps.fsu.edu/outreach/environmental-minute


Florida 4-H Weather and Climate Toolkit

(Grades: 4-6)

This toolkit, developed through a USDA grant, is being used by the Florida 4-H to help introduce the basics of weather and climate to youth. The toolkit is broken down into four units that explore how scientists measure and study weather, understanding fact and opinions, and how human activities and climate interact. Each unit includes discussions with hands-on activities and evaluation questions.

http://agroclimate.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/AgroClimateWorkbookPrint.pdf


From Weather to Climate - Looking at Air Temperature Data

(Grades: 6-12)

(GLOBE Program) The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. In this activity, students work with short- and long-term air temperature data in order to better understand the differences between weather and climate.

http://www.globe.gov/web/scrc/overview/climate-foundations/weather-and-climate


Geographic Effects on Precipitation, Water Vapor, and Temperature

(Grades: 9-12)

(My NASA DATA) Students have the opportunity to improve analytical and basic science skills by collecting, comparing, and analyzing atmospheric conditions between two geographic locations.

http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/lesson-plans/?page_id=474?&passid=102


How Much Water is Available in the Atmosphere for Precipitation (My NASA DATA)

(Grades: 7-12)

Students have the opportunity to explore the relationship between the amount of water in the atmosphere available for precipitation and the actual precipitation observed by satellite.

http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/lesson-plans/?page_id=474?&passid=39


Investigating Weather and Climate With Google Earth

(Grades: 6-12)

In this activity, students use Google Earth to explore global temperature changes during a recent 50 - 58 year period. They also explore, analyze, and interpret climate patterns of 13 different cities, and analyze differences between weather and climate patterns.

http://www.ei.lehigh.edu/eli/cc/sequence/day2.html


Measuring the Temperature of the Sky and Clouds (My NASA DATA)

(Grades: 9-undergrad)

In this project you will learn about the greenhouse effect by measuring the temperature of the sky and clouds far overhead with an infrared thermometer.

http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/804-2/1035-2/


NASA's Student Clouds' Observations On-Line (S'COOL) Project

(Grades: 1-Undergrad)

The S'COOL Project involves students in real science, making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) satellite instruments studying how clouds may affect the Earth’s climate.

http://scool.larc.nasa.gov/


Rising Tides: Climate Change and the Sea

(Grades 9-12)

This lesson plan uses videos, NASA visualizations, and digital map projections to help students understand the connection between climate change and sea level rise. The lesson draws on the "Climate Refugees" story on the Powering a Nation website, and includes independent research and inquiry activities that allow students to explore sea level changes in North Carolina and around the world.

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/6723


Satellites to Go!

(Grades: 1-5)

Download a kit on NASA's Earth observation satellites! These fun activities were developed at COAPS for families with children.

http://coaps.fsu.edu/outreach/satellites


Sea-Level Rise Visualization for Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida

(Grades: 6-Undergrad)

This is an interactive map that illustrates the scale of potential flooding in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida due to projected sea level rise. It is a collaborative project of NOAA Sea Grant Consortium and U.S.G.S. It is a pilot project, so there is some possibility that the resource may not be maintained over time.

https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slr.html


Sea Level Trends

(Grades 9-12)

This lesson is designed as an introductory activity exploring one facet of global climate change. Students will access real scientific data to investigate and compare long-term changes in sea level from different coastal locations around the United States.

http://www2.vims.edu/bridge/DATA.cfm?Bridge_Location=archive0910.html


What is Your Climate Classification (GLOBE Program)

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. This activity helps students become familiar with the Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification system. Students will also understand that climates can be broadly classified using a system that is based upon specific variables: air temperature and precipitation.

http://www.globe.gov/web/scrc/overview/climate-foundations/climate-classification

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The Florida Climate Center, along with the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), is committed to educating the public about research efforts and issues related to meteorology, climatology and physical oceanography. We regularly participate in community events and are available to give presentations to groups of all ages.

For more information on the meteorological presentations, please click the headers below to see what demonstrations are available. If you are interested in a physical oceanography presentation, please refer to our list of Meteorology & Oceanography Presentations for K-12 Students.

To schedule a presentation, please contact one of our Outreach Educators.

 

Outreach Presentations

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CoCoRaHS

Learn how to measure precipitation using rain gauges, and how your family, classroom, or youth group can participate in CoCoRaHS! CoCoRaHS is a grassroots network of volunteers who collect daily precipitation measurements and submit their measurements into an online database used by scientists around the country.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Precipitation, Citizen Weather Networks, Observing Weather
Activities - Water Balloon Toss, Rain Gauge Relay Race, Rain Makers


Florida Severe Weather

An overview of extreme weather in Florida, including interactive questions and answers, and important safety information.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Lightning
Activities - Quiz, Interactive Online Games, Hail Pad, Paper Bag Thunder, Balloon Static Electricity, Tornado Bottle


Fronts

This presentation gives an overview on fronts, including the types and weather associated with frontal passages.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Jet Stream, Warm/Cold Fronts, Severe Weather
Activities - Cloud in a Bottle, Fluid Density Demo, Bernoulli Wind Bags


Introduction to Weather

This presentation gives an overview of weather and climate with a focus on Florida.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - Weather Instruments, Observing Weather, Climatology
Activities - Cloud in a Bottle


Lightning Safety

Learn the importance of understanding how lightning forms, intersting lightning facts and ways to be safe in the event of a thunderstorm.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Storms, Lightning, Thunder
Activities - Interactive Lightning Quiz, Videos


Liquid Sunshine State

Explore the hydrologic cycle, with all of its twist and turns, and how it impacts Florida.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Hydrological Cycle, Precipitation, Drought
Activities - Saltwater Intrusion, Rain Gauge Relay Race, Journey of a Water Molecule


Power of Wind

Learn about the different forces that cause the wind to blow, and how wind is responsible for our day to day weather.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Pressure, Thermals, Corolis Force, Fronts
Activities - Tea Bag Rockets, Bernoulli Wind Bags, Candle/Water Trick


Weather Jeopardy

Interactive Jeopardy game tests knowledge of basic weather concepts.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Weather Instruments, Weather Safety, Severe Weather, Meteorology

Careers in Meteorology

Ever wondered about being a meteorologist and what jobs there are out there for weather enthusiasts? This talk will outline a variety of job opportunities for those interested in weather, along with ideas on what to expect in college.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - STEM


CoCoRaHS

Learn how to measure precipitation using rain gauges, and how your family, classroom, or youth group can participate in CoCoRaHS! CoCoRaHS is a grassroots network of volunteers who collect daily precipitation measurements and submit their measurements into an online database used by scientists around the country.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Precipitation, Citizen Weather Networks, Observing Weather
Activities - Water Balloon Toss, Rain Gauge Relay Race, Rain Makers


Florida Severe Weather

An overview of extreme weather in Florida, including interactive questions and answers, and important safety information.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Lightning
Activities - Quiz, Interactive Online Games, Hail Pad, Paper Bag Thunder, Balloon Static Electricity, Tornado Bottle


Fronts

This presentation gives an overview on fronts, including the types and weather associated with frontal passages.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Jet Stream, Warm/Cold Fronts, Severe Weather
Activities - Cloud in a Bottle, Fluid Density Demo, Bernoulli Wind Bags


Historic Florida Weather Events

A look back at some of the most impactful weather events in the state since 1890.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - Florida, Historic Weather, Severe Weather


Introduction to Weather

This presentation gives an overview of weather and climate with a focus on Florida.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - Weather Instruments, Observing Weather, Climatology
Activities - Cloud in a Bottle


Liquid Sunshine State

Explore the hydrologic cycle, with all of its twist and turns, and how it impacts Florida.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Hydrological Cycle, Precipitation, Drought
Activities - Saltwater Intrusion, Rain Gauge Relay Race, Journey of a Water Molecule


Power of Wind

Learn about the different forces that cause the wind to blow, and how wind is responsible for our day to day weather.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Pressure, Thermals, Corolis Force, Fronts
Activities - Tea Bag Rockets, Bernoulli Wind Bags, Candle/Water Trick


Wacky Weather

This presentation explores some of the more unbelievable weather stories that have been documented through U.S. history.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - Weather, Severe Weather, Historic Weather Events


Weather Jeopardy

Interactive Jeopardy game tests knowledge of basic weather concepts.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Weather Instruments, Weather Safety, Severe Weather, Meteorology

Careers in Meteorology

Ever wondered about being a meteorologist and what jobs there are out there for weather enthusiasts? This talk will outline a variety of job opportunities for those interested in weather, along with ideas on what to expect in college.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - STEM


Climate: A History Lesson

A presentation that gives background to the study of climate (climatology) and some historical prespective of climate and human interactions.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - Climatology, History, Weather


Climate Change and Variability in Florida

A presentation giving background information on the science of climate change, with emphasis on current and projected changes in the state of Florida.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - Climate Change, Global Warming, Climate Varability, El Niño Southern Oscillation


Historic Florida Weather Events

A look back at some of the most impactful weather events in the state since 1890.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - Florida, Historic Weather, Severe Weather


Florida and ENSO

An introduction to the El Niño/La Niña cycle in the Pacific Ocean and how it impacts the climate of the Southeast U.S. and Florida, including extreme events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, freezes, and droughts.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - El Niño Southern Oscillation, Weather Patterns, Ocean Currents


Wacky Weather

This presentation explores some of the more unbelievable weather stories that have been documented through U.S. history.

Audience - Classroom, Assembly
Topics - Weather, Severe Weather, Historic Weather Events


Weather Forecasting - Tornadoes

This presentation gives an introduction in the forecasting process and how to use the tools to forecast a severe weather event, with a focus on the tornado outbreak in April 2012.

Audience - Classroom
Topics - STEM, Tornadoes, Severe Weather, Forecasting

Weather vs Climate

The second video of the CoCoRaHS Educational Series presents: Weather Vs. Climate. Learn about the differences in this fun new video! Watch Now...

Weather vs Climate

This video explains what the water cycle is. how important it is to life on earth and human impacts on the water cycle. Watch Now...


Weather vs Climate

The first in a series, CoCoRaHS Presents: The Water Cycle. Learn about the water cycle with this fun new video! Watch Now...

Changing Planet: Rising Sea Level

This video discusses the social and economic impacts (worldwide and in the US) of sea level rise caused by global warming. Watch Now...

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