Roll a Water-Check! A Choose Your Own Adventure Game

Here is a link to the game file for Roll a Water-Check! A choose your own adventure game I created to let students explore the water cycle. If you’d like a copy of the full lesson plan and materials go to the contact info page on my website and shoot me a note! I’m happy to share.

Roll a Water-Check!

The game is an HTML file.

To play it you need to download the file, then open it in a web browser.

Usually if you just double click on the downloaded file it will open in a browser.

Happy exploring!


Exploring Data Through Interactive Visualizations

Below is an interactive data visualization of the evapotranspiration (ET) of a beaver-dammed landscape in the Domeland Wilderness of Sequoia National Forest, CA.

About the data:

The visualization includes a satellite image of the dammed area, and three data layers:

  1. pre-drought daily ET (May): yellow (0 mm/day) -> blue (8 mm/day) color scale
  2. during drought daily ET (late July): yellow (0 mm/day) -> blue (8 mm/day) color scale
  3. difference in daily ET between the two: red (-4 mm/day, lower ET during drought) -> blue (+4 mm/day, higher ET during drought) color scale

Two pieces of additional information are also associated with the raster data cells:

  1. presence of beaver: yes or no
  2. topographic zone: hillslope or riparian

To interact with the data:

  • click the layer name in the legend to turn layers on an off
  • hover your mouse over cells (on computers) or tap cells (on mobile devices) to view numeric data for a given cell and beaver presence + topographic zone. *note only the top-most active layer will display its value in the hover box
  • use the toolbar on the right to pan, zoom, and save png images

Research Questions:

Explore the data visualization to answer the following questions:

  1. What kinds of cells have the highest ET? What characteristics do they have in common?
  2. How does beaver damming impact ET? Do places influenced by beaver have higher or lower ET than areas without beaver? Does that relationship stay the same or change during drought?
  3. Does beaver damming benefit or harm ecosystem ET in arid landscapes? How do you know?
  4. What additional data would you need to be sure that the ET signal you see is coming from plants and not open water?

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Want to explore the how this data visualization was made? Download my dataset and the Jupyter notebook that generated it! (Jupyter Notebook and csv files must be in the same folder to run correctly.)

The Tale of Sir Dayta Simmilatio: An Educational Choose-Your Own Adventure Story

The Tale of Sir Dayta Simmilatio

This choose-your-own adventure story, The Tale of Sir Dayta Simmilatio, is designed to introduce the concept of Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) data assimilation in a fun, non-technical manner. It was written by me (Emily Fairfax), and illustrated by my brother, Shepard Fairfax. It can be printed out or run as a powerpoint.

The Tale of Sir Dayta Simmilatio

Our hero, Sir Dayta Simmilatio, embarks on a journey to protect the town of Cobble from the wicked snow beast Swee. He is given advice and help by several others along the way – but who can he trust?

If you would like a version with higher resolution images for projecting on a large screen, just send me a note on my “contact me” page.