Physical Geography


Climate Generation, a nonprofit working to make teaching climate accessible to all educators. Resources connect to geography through the collection of spatial data and the displaying of those data on a map. Some of their resources have been translated into Spanish

OER Climate Project Extension is designed specially for use by social studies teachers as a way to inspire students to take action on climate change! This three-week supplemental unit starts by helping students understand the problems associated with climate change and showing them some of the potential solutions to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Discover Climate Project


An animated map shows the location and explosiveness rating of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and sulphur emissions, 1960-2017. Explanations of phenomena and info on map can be found at

Earth Structure, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, Natural Cycles, and Geography Games. 

Motosport offers information, activities, links and quizzes on a variety topics. Go to

The Earth from Space

PBS’s two-hour NOVA production of “The Earth from Space” is available online at The program features the latest in earth-observing satellite technology and what the data collected reveals about global patterns and connections: how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine “waterfall” off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the Sun’s heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet. (from the PBS website)

What We Know: The Reality, Risks, and Responses to Climate Change.

A 2014 report by the AAAS Climate Science Panel.


Susan Woodward’s website on biomes of the world has been updated and now includes Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests, marine, and ice biomes.

River Systems of the World

From Rivers Network, a collection of blogs and maps on river systems, watersheds organized by world region.


The following are from Joseph Kerski, Past President of NCGE and Education Manager, Esri :

Videos: Start with and search on ‘tornado’. You will see a series of videos that have to do with each of the 3 activities described below.

Investigating Historical and 1 Modern Tornado

In this activity, you will use ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Explorer Online and spatial analysis in 2 activities to investigate historical tornadoes across the USA, and 1 modern-day tornado, the one that occurred in Tuscaloosa, Alabama during April 2011. Objectives: Work with data and maps to understand the distribution and impact of tornadoes in the USA and the impact of a single tornado. Level: This activity can be used at a variety of levels from to secondary extending into university level. Activity: Can be run in a lab setting or with 1 computer and projector in a discussion-led investigation. Historical tornadoes points and tracks:

Tuscaloosa data online:

Stormy Weather: Investigating One-Day Patterns of Tornadoes, Wind, and Hail Using ArcGIS

In this activity, you will use ArcGIS (version 10) and spatial analysis to investigate one day patterns of tornadoes, wind, and hail across the USA. In this activity, you will (1) examine a predetermined single day of tornado, wind, and hail in the USA using ArcGIS Desktop 10 software (22 April 2011), and (2) download and examine a different day of tornado, wind, and hail data of your own choosing. You will also use spatial statistics to help understand the pattern of the tornadoes, and you will also compare the pattern of your 1-day of tornadoes to historical tornadoes.

Investigating Historical Tornadoes Using ArcGIS

Work with data and maps in this activity using ArcGIS to understand the spatial and temporal distribution of tornadoes in the USA across multiple decades

Mathematics of Planet Earth

Many organizations all over the world celebrated 2013 as the year of Mathematics of Planet Earth (see for details). Zeal Education is an official partner for the event and are designing activities, software, and videos that can be used in schools. Details are available at

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