Retrieve Martian Atmospheric Data
Plot Martian Atmospheric Data
Record Local Atmospheric Observations and Conditions
Retrieve Local Atmospheric Observations and Conditions
Plot Local Atmospheric Observations
Simple Web-based tools have been developed to allow students to transfer
atmospheric data to and from the Stanford server, and to allow students
to generate and view graphs of this data. The tools allow participants
to download or upload one week's worth of data at a time. The data may
may displayed in the Web browser as either HTML tables or as plain-text
files. The graphs are generated on-the-fly in response to student requests.
This means that it will take a few moments for the appropriate data to be
accessed and for the plots to be generated. Please have patience!
It is strongly recommended that students maintain a binder for this education outreach program, and that one section of the binder be devoted to the martian atmospheric data which students transfer from Stanford, while a second section be devoted to the local atmospheric observations and weather conditions which the students transfer to Stanford. In both cases, the data are presented in neat tables which can be easily printed from a Web browser. The data may also be supplemented with graphs which participants can generate as their interest dictates. The plain-text data may be imported into a spreadsheet (after trimming the header and trailer with a word processor) if older or more advanced students are inclined to try to manipulate and/or display the data in their own way.
Links to the tools are given below. School ID's and passwords are required to record and retrieve local atmospheric observations and conditions. Educators may obtain ID's and passwords by registering with email@example.com.
The form is organized so that it is easy to upload observations for an entire week at a time, but it is not necessary to do so. When data are submitted for any given day, the values are written over any entries for that day which were previously stored in the database. This form should therefore only be submitted once for a given day by any participating class, unless it is desired to correct erroneous data. If a weather station is not available at school and one can not be easily constructed, the daily information may be obtained from a local newpaper or from a Web site such as that maintained by the National Weather Service. Make sure to report the actual surface pressure at your location, and not the atmospheric pressure estimated at or corrected to sea level. Once the form is submitted, a table containing the observations is returned to the Web browser to confirm the new information.