From The Developers...

The online guides contain multimedia instructional modules that investigate a variety of topics in the atmospheric and other related earth sciences.

Online Guides
in depth investigations

We have moved into the next evolution phase of our online instructional modules. The Online Guides (formerly known as the Guide to Meteorology) are expanding beyond "meteorology" into other disciplines like climate, remote sensing and global change. We will attempt to present these topics not as individual sciences, but as integral components of a much larger system...learning about the planet on which we live.

Cumulonimbus Clouds
Cloud Catalog
These resources use multimedia and the dynamic nature of the web to enhance the impact of these learning resources. Colorful diagrams, animations, video plus links to real-time and archived data all contribute to this process. With the integration of new technologies, we strive to make this an active learning environment for the user by increasing the amount of interactivity between the user and computer.

Most of the instructional resources found in WW2010 were developed through our involvement in the NSF-funded project called Collaborative Visualization, or CoVis. CoVis supports project-based learning in the sciences and the CoVis community currently consists of nearly sixty high schools, middle and elementary schools. Many of these instructional resources have been tested in a classroom environment and have been refined based upon student and teacher feedback.

ENSO Event
El Niño Module

To illustrate an example, we'll refer once again to the subject of cold fronts. In the pages that follow, we'll demonstrate how the "guide" pages go into much greater detail about topics than do the corresponding concept helper pages. These pages not only define (as in this case) what a cold front is, but also investigates the development of precipitation along a cold front and the importance of cold fronts as a component of cyclones.

Content Resources
Terms for using data resources. CD-ROM available.
Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

cold fronts