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Students explore data and data-representations on global temperature 'anomalies' (differences with respect to long-time average) on different websites. Students study and analyse the data set as well as the representations of it. They also need to think about how the 'raw' data have been collected and summarized into the available datasets to make these visualisations. Each small group makes a short presentation on global temperature change, using information from the websites given.


Investigate three websites

Nasa Study the information on the NASA website: play around with the graph, look at the downloaded data. Write a short review in which you describe and discuss: the information on the site, characteristics of the dataset, its source and the way data is represented. Include a comparison of the line graph and the time series on the map (what are strong points of each of those, which one do you prefer, for what audience and why?).
Eurostat Do the same for the Eurostat site. Include your reflections on the table compared to the graph.
East Anglia University (Climate research unit) Compare the graphs on these sites with the graph on the 'CRU'. Note differences and similarities as well as strong and weak points of each.

As a small group, make a short presentation on global temperature, based on the representations on one or more of these sites.


Three websites for the research

Other resources

- Mathematics
- Biology
- Physics
- Chemistry
- Engineering

Target group
- Primary Education
- Lower Secondary Education
- Upper Secondary Education

Age range

50 min.


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