El Niño – riding the climate roller coaster

Activities

The Met Office, UK

Make your own weather station – make a simple rain guage, thermometer screen and wind vane.

Bureau of Meteorology, Australia

Learn more about meteorology: students and teachers – provides a range of experiments and activities related to the weather (eg, El Niño and rainfall, Meteorology – what is it?). The table of activities includes a description, suggested year level, learning outcomes, teachers lesson plan and student worksheet.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia)

El Niño – of droughts and flooding rains – student activities based on an article on El Niño.

Careers in Science, Australia

Meteorology, climate warming and/or El Niño – students develop an appreciation for the relevance of scientific research to people’s lives.

The Helix

Kitchen El Niño – demonstrates what happens during an El Niño event (August/September 1996, page 25).

Xpeditions (National Geographic, USA)

The ocean and weather: El Niño and La Niña – students explore the weather phenomena El Niño and La Niña.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (USA)

Hills and valleys of the sea surface – students make a topographic model of the sea surface to explain El Niño events.

Science NetLinks (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

El Niño – students learn how the atmosphere and oceans affect one another, and how a small change in sea surface height can have a large impact on weather.

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Page updated January 2010.