This discussion varies over many topics, so I'm posting here. First off, I'm working on a NASA grant. We're doing the "Global Climate Change Education" grant. We are writing high school labs. The basic idea is for the lab to mostly be a typical lab, but have some aspect of climate change be part of the lesson. For example, the module I'm working on has the students discover pressure with depth (pressure=density*g*depth). The twist for this lab is discovering what may happen if sea levels rise. Eventually, they are lead to the conclusion that rising sea levels would increase the pressure of sea water at depth, pushing back fresh water in the water table. However, this is not my problem. In our first activity, students gain graphing skills by graphing various variables as a function of time. First off, we're looking for good data that is easy to manipulate in excell. We are looking for either monthly or yearly data for... Temp V Time Sea Level V Time Ocean Salinity V Time polar ice surface area V Time Secondly, we're looking for a good way to actually give the students the data. First, we are using... • Giovanni (NASA) http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/ • NEO (NASA Earth Observations) http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Search.html • MY NASA DATA http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/index.html Here are our options. GIVE THE STUDENTS THE WEBSITES... Students have computer problems. Not all schools online. Students surf the web instead of do the lab. Why should students trust the internet? GIVE THE STUDENTS THE DATA... Why should students trust what we give them? Quickly out-of-date. So big question is... What's the easiest place to retrieve accurate climate data that may not be research quality, but is easy to manipulate (in excell) and can be trusted by the students?