Resources for 14-16 year old Students
Case studies of UK air masses (November 2010, November 2011 and the end of September 2010) with answers for teachers and a case study of arctic maritime air (Jan/ Feb 2015) can be found on our case studies page.
AWS data to study air masses and depressions (adapted from LGfL)
Past Climate Change
Resources to teach the climate of the last 2.6 million years.
Weather Systems and Synoptic Charts
An introduction to weather systems
Weather systems plenary, revision or homework exercise - an investigation into why the forecast showed the temperature rising at night.
What is the weather? Work out what the weather is like at several UK locations based on some simplified weather maps.
Isotherm and Isobar drawing exercise based on a depression: student worksheet. A simpler version of the T/ isotherm map can be found here or the full version including solutions may be found on the A level page.
Using GIS to study hurricane tracks and tropical storm risk (developed by Bob Lang, teacher and GA consultant)
Some useful links about Super typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda
Planetary radiation budget images for the Earth, Venus, Mars with a dust storm and Mars without a dust storm. These images have been produced by scientists at Oxford University and the Open University. They are derived from numerical data for Mars and Venus and may have some systematic errors that we have yet to quantify. They should be trustworthy to order 10% or so with some confidence, and at least convey the broad impression of how different the energy budgets of the different planets actually are.
Watching the Earth - artificial satellites
Investigate How big is a raindrop collect data and analyse mode, mean and median, range, interquartile range and standard deviation etc. - with thanks to Stephen Lyon at the National STEM centre. Background information in an article in Weather: A low-cost experiment for determining raindrop size distribution.
A Met Office resource using maths/ stats skills to evaluate the weather of holiday destinations: Information For Teachers, Instructions For Students, Student Spreadsheet v1, Student Spreadsheet v2 and Teacher Spreadsheet
A maths/ geography resource from the Met Office for analysing weather data.
Other recommended resources:
A wide range of animations from the Met Office suitable for geography and science topics.
Resources looking at change of state, latent heat, data handling and the Electromagnetic Spectrum from the NCAS/ DIAMET project.
Further useful links.