Customize online interactive maps for a unique learning experience.
By George Stiller
We did the hard work of making and researching interactive educational maps so that educators like you can better spend your time teaching.
The over 650 of interactive educational maps on ClimateViewer.org cover a wide range of educational subject matter from weather and climate to history and science. This collection of maps enables educators like you to access some very unique learning tools online. Interactive maps that allow students to digitally experience what they learn, rather than just read about it. And in the process encourage critical and analytical thinking. All are either well researched or obtained from university or government sources.
The map topics include:
- Ancient Ruins
- Famous Explorations (based on books the explorer’s themselves wrote)
- Fossil Sites
- Geosciences, Geology and Oceanography
- Disease Outbreaks
- Sunken Ships, Plane and Train Crash sites
- Wars and Conquerors
- Weather Modification
- Live Weather Alerts
- NASA and other satellite data
- Defense and Surveillance
- And more
Create your own unique learning tools by combining maps
Merging a weather or climate maps into a history or science map enables you to make a unique educational tool such as the examples that follow. Links to the combined exampled maps shown are provided at the end of this document.
Merging Maps Example 1:
We took the traditional Köppen Climate Classification System map that most science teachers are familiar with and placed it on a 3D globe like shown below:
It is an improvement over a flat map, but what if you could see the actual geography related to each classification like shown below?
Now each classification has more meaning that the student can relate to.
Would adding the current weather to the scenario add any value?
Does the highlighted area where rainfall passed west to east over a dry steppe indicate that the weather was affected by the biome? And what impact did the rainfall have on the biome? Issues a teacher would provide guidance in understanding.
Thus in this example we progressed from a traditional graphic representation of Köppen’s concept to something far more relatable for the student. Yet, the teacher could only do that because of ClimateViewer.org’s ability to merge maps together to customize the experience.
Merging Maps Example 2:
Would a 3D version of the Thermohaline Circulation add any meaning if you could see the actual topography that impacts it, and placemarks of where the hotspots, hydrothermal vents etc. are in relation to it like shown below?
Now add GHRSST sea surface temperatures to the scenario.
So now students can understand where the surface current is the hottest.
Now add cloud top temperatures or sea ice or infrared to the thermohaline circulation map.
Their knowledge keeps expanding.
What if we combined the above with a seemingly unrelated subject like plastic pollution in our oceans?
Is there anything to be learned from this considering the heat retaining characteristics of thermoplastic?
Would the Earth’s atmosphere color-coded in 3D be useful if you could do it adding cloud top temperatures or other data that the Terra satellite shown in space scans?
Would students get a good understanding of migration across the United States if their teacher could combine the Oregon, Mormon and California Trail map with the Santa Fe and El Camino Real Trail map and In Search of Utopia map as shown below?
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Combined map links:
In order to make it easy for you, below are some already combined urls: NOTE: Depending on the maps being merged, combining maps takes a little bit more time to load, so please be patient because the result will be worth the wait.
Thermohaline Circulation of the Ocean map combined with CIMSS MIMIC Unenhanced – Infrared –Europe & Africa map
Thermohaline Circulation of the Ocean map combined with MODIS Terra Cloud Top Temperature (Day) map
Thermohaline Circulation of the Ocean map combined with GHRSST - Sea Surface Temperature (L4 MUR) map
Thermohaline Circulation of the Ocean map combined with MODIS Aqua Sea Ice
Köppen Climate Classification System map combined with U.S. Rainfall 5-Day Forecast map
The El Nino Zone map combined with the MODIS Aqua Sea Surface Temperature (L3, Day, Thermal, 4km) map
Earth Atmosphere map combined with MODIS Aqua Cloud Top Temperature map
Oregon, Mormon and California Trail map combined with the Santa Fe and El Camino Real Trail and In Search of Utopia maps