NOAA's National Oceanographic Data Center Online Data Access
Links to a variety of current oceanographic databases. Provides access to in situ and remotely sensed data, models, and a photo library from all over the world. Data available includes temperature, salinity, biological, nutrients, oxygen, and many more. View sea surface temperature animations, sea level changes, and plankton profiles for anywhere in the world. Data, graphs, and more are available on CD and DVD in the online store.
Grade Level: High school
National Data Buoy Center
Real-time or archived data from buoy, ship, coastal or other observation networks worldwide. Measurements of wind direction and speed, wave height and period, atmospheric pressure, air and water temperature, and more. Select a network and region of interest to find stations collecting desired data. Learn about the National Data Buoy Center and take a virtual tour of their network and technology. Science education pages use graphics and data to explain oceanographic and atmospheric features like waves, hurricanes, tides and more.
Grade Level: High school
Eyes on the Bay: Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Bays Water Quality Data
This easy to use, comprehensive website from Maryland Department of Natural Resources includes a wealth of real-time and archived data, as well as several lesson plans. Using the highly-interactive map, you can access stations that measure parameters including air and water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and water clarity in the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay. The lesson plans cover salinity, dissolved oxygen, and harmful algal blooms, and are aligned to the Maryland Voluntary Curriculum.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public
Tidal Wetlands Impacts Data Home Page
Provides datasets (starting 1988) about tidal wetlands in Virginia, human impacts, management practices and results of management on the resources. Select data by year, activity, watershed, or wetland type. Good for research, education, environmental management/policy and general inquires about human impacts on tidal wetlands. Describes data collections methods, provides summary of wetlands management.
Grade Level: General public, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
NOAA's Water Level & Associated Data
Search this NOAA database for historical and real-time water level data from coastal monitoring stations throughout the U.S. and in selected international sites. Provides tide level information and sea level trend plots. Can also access oceanographic, meteorological and astronomical data, including: air and water temperature; wind speed; barometric pressure; moon phase and moon/sun positions. Note: data does not exist for all parameters at all stations. Links to related sites providing data.
Grade Level: High school, Graduate or professional
REEF Fish Survey Database
REEF's mission, to educate and enlist divers in the conservation of marine habitats, is accomplished primarily through its Fish Survey Project. Access marine fish species distribution and abundance data for coastal U.S. waters or view data summaries for the Great American Fish Count. Site also provides information on sea turtle and exotic species sightings, National Marine Sanctuaries, and volunteer opportunities.
Grade Level: High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division,Graduate or professional
National Estuarine Research Reserve System Centralized Data Management Office
Real-time water quality, meteorological, and nutrient data from 27 National Estuarine Research Reserve System-Wide Monitoring Programs. Select a sampling station to view real-time data or select a graph of data from the past 3 days, week, month or year.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional
Real-Time Water Data
USGS provides data on streamflow, lake and reservoir levels, groundwater, precipitation and water quality from monitoring stations around the country. Clickable U.S. map provides state maps, select one or more stations for detailed reports. Can build custom summary tables for one or more stations, or build a sequence of graphical or tabular data. Some technical definitions needed to understand reports, some results portrayed as percentile of 30-year average.
Grade Level: High school
Bridge DATA - Satellites and Storms
Which does more damage to the coast, a fast moving, super-powerful hurricane, or a slow-moving, powerful northeaster (more commonly referred to as a nor’easter)? How does ocean temperature affect hurricane strength? Where does the name nor’easter come from? This activity serves as an introduction to these weather phenomena which critically impact our coasts each year. Students will use weather maps and ocean observing system data to explore hurricanes and nor’easters and their effects on vital habitats, our beaches, and our communities.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division
Great Lakes Lessons: Teaching with Great Lakes Data
Often scientific data can be too scientific to use in a classroom. Teaching with Great Lakes Data connects educators and students to data collected throughout the Great Lakes and breaks the information into a digestible format. Greatlakeslessons.com provides Great Lakes data sets, an overview of teaching methods, and ready-to-go lessons and activities. Any of these resources may be easily incorporated into your curriculum and are multidisciplinary. All the materials on the website are free.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school