Real-Time Weather Monitoring
WunderMap — Interactive global weather-station data, from Weather Underground.
National Snowfall Analysis — Near-real-time estimated snowfall totals at 4-km resolution over the contiguous United States.
MesoNow — A high-resolution weather-station network in New York State.
Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory — A high-resolution weather-station network in Birmingham, UK.
Yuktix — A high-resolution weather-station network in Bangalore.
Array of Things — A multi-purpose "urban-sensing project" in Chicago.
AECOM Connected Cities — News on urban design and planning, from an investment firm.
The British Geographer — A blog with a similar layout and a similar spirit to this one.
Future Earth — A variety of topical blog posts covering earth-science-related issues from economics to climate to ecology.
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives — A worldwide network of municipalities, with resources centered around several different sustainability-themed foci.
Living on the Real World — A thoughtful blog putting the issues of weather and climate change in societal context.
Hong Kong Observatory — Analysis of and reflection on patterns and variations in Hong Kong weather, including historical retrospectives.
Initiatives and Tools
CityLab — An accessible all-encompassing view of how cities may be improved, from The Atlantic.
International City/County Management Association — An organization that facilitates partnerships among local governments around the globe. Many links to NGO and local-government sustainability initiatives.
NASA Earth Observatory — Articles and photos on a variety of topics exemplifying the ways in which human activities and climates interact.
National Climate Assessment — This section, on human-health impacts, covers most of the topics of particular relevance to urban areas, including changes in extremes, diseases, and pollution.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit — Roughly a hundred links to user-friendly maps, charts, and interactive tools falling under the broad heading of 'climate resilience', and providing information on historical data, projections, and social impacts at national, regional, and local scales. Particularly applicable to urban climatology are the Cities, Impacts, and Adaptation Tool; the Local Climate Analysis Tool (requires a free account at the National Weather Service); the National Climate Change Viewer; and NOAA's Weather and Climate Toolkit.
C40 Cities — An international organization of large cities sharing climate-change adaptation research and practices, in the belief that cities are at the leading edge of climate exposure and vulnerability.
Center for Urban Resilience — A center focusing on the urban ecology of cities with Mediterranean climates (and Los Angeles in particular).
Future Cities in a Warming World — A peer-reviewed summary article that reviews many of the most-important climate-related issues facing cities, with a plethora of links to other useful articles. The authors' perspective is that peak urbanism is near; for an opposing view, see "In Praise of Megacities in a Global World."
International Association for Urban Climate — A broad-based organization that issues The Urban Climate News and sponsors workshops.
LBL Heat Island Group — The website of a research group working on UHI-mitigation strategies at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
LSE Cities — A broad research-focused perspective on urban areas, with extensive research and publications links. Based at the London School of Economics.
ERA-Urban— A group producing detailed urban-climate datasets and analysis, focusing on both current and projected conditions.
Teaching Mistakes — Professors look back at things they wish they had done differently but nonetheless learned from.
Small Teaching — A handy listing of teaching 'tweaks' that take only a minute's effort and pay disproportionate dividends in terms of student learning.
Labs Using the Scientific Method — An example of revising an undergraduate-level lab course to make it more inquiry-driven.
Scientific Thoughtfulness — A treatise on what kinds of habits of mind make a good scientist, and how the development of these can be facilitated.
Peer Discussion — The benefits nonpareil of peer discussion on student performance.
Bloom's Taxonomy Questions — Examples of the kinds of questions that fall into the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.
Presentation Checklist — Criteria that should be met in every good scientific slide-based presentation.
Dead Ideas — The author questions three different types of assumptions that she believes are shortchanging both the teachers who hold them and the students whom they teach.
Reducing Cognitive Overload — Definition of "cognitive overload" and nine ways to combat it.
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