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Project Name: Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)


Location:   National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

Contact information:
Mary Marlino
Director of e-Science and the NCAR Library
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Phone: 303-497-8350


Main Project description/purpose

The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) was built with support from the National Science Foundation as a distributed community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels.
DLESE supports Earth system science education by providing access to high-quality collections of over 13,000 educational resources, Earth data sets and imagery, including the tools and interfaces that enable their effective use in educational settings.
Additionally, the DLESE Teaching Boxes are classroom-ready instructional units created by collaboration between teachers, scientists, and designers. Each box helps to bridge the gap between educational resources and how to implement them in the classroom. The Teaching Boxes contain materials that model scientific inquiry, allowing teachers to build classroom experiences around data collection and analysis from multiple lines of evidence, and engaging students in the process of science. - focusing on gathering and analyzing scientific evidence. All educators may use DLESE Teaching Boxes free of charge.

Education and Outreach Mission and Goals

DLESE’s mission is to provide support and leadership in addressing the national reform agenda for science education, scientific literacy, and scientific discovery.

Goals of DLESE
The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is dedicated to the collection, enhancement, and distribution of digital resources that facilitate learning about the Earth at all educational levels. Connecting together the Earth system and education is a primary DLESE goal.

DLESE supports Earth system education along numerous dimensions by:

  • Developing collections that provide links to high-quality materials for instruction at all levels and covering all aspects of the Earth system
  • Providing access to Earth data and imagery, including tools and interfaces that enable effective use
  • Creating discovery systems to efficiently find materials accessible in DLESE
  • Providing distribution systems to share resources accessible in DLESE


Primary Audience(s) served (i.e., high school teachers, college students, etc.)

K-12 students and teachers, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, informal education, general public