PASCO scientific and WeatherBug have announced a joint content integration agreement to combine live weather information from WeatherBug Schools’ national network of weather stations with My World GIS, a tool that enables students to visualize scientific data in a spatial context.
With the integrated version of My World GIS and WeatherBug Schools Program, students can conduct weather investigations using either built-in datasets or their own local data collected with PASCO’s range of PASPORT digital weather sensors. They can then compare their investigations to real-time national weather observations from any of the 8,000 weather stations and 1,500 cameras in the WeatherBug Schools Network.
Specifically, the integration enables students to download real-time weather information from the WeatherBug Network, organize it spatially by placing it on a map and relate it to regional and local data in My World GIS. As a result, students and teachers can develop an understanding of the dynamic nature of weather systems and the many variables that influence weather—such as latitude, longitude, altitude, time of year, pressure, ocean currents, geologic features, and more.
Current and future customers of both WeatherBug Schools and My World GIS will have the opportunity to evaluate the integrated software free of charge by visiting either the PASCO or WeatherBug Schools Web sites. Customers who already use My World GIS are entitled to free access to the WeatherBug data feed by downloading the latest version of the software from PASCO scientific’s Web site. Additionally, WeatherBug will bundle the My World GIS tool as part of its WeatherBug Schools offerings, which allows teachers and students to use current and historical weather conditions online through interactive lessons, activities and tools.
My World GIS is available from PASCO scientific in a variety of licensing models to meet the needs of educators. My World GIS runs on platforms supporting Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. For product and licensing information on My World GIS, visit www.pasco.com/myworld.
For information on the WeatherBug Schools Program visit http://weatherbugschools.com.
Source: PASCO scientific, www.pasco.com