All datasets have been collected by professional scientists or research agencies who have kindly shared their data with Hudson Data Jam. Each dataset contains a link to a Google Sheet with the data and a brief introductory section describing the research. If you want to use the data in Microsoft Excel you can download as an Excel sheet from within the Google file.
For a Google Drive folder of sample graphs to guide student exploration, teachers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuva & the Hudson Valley Data Portal
We’ve created a partnership with TuvaLabs, Inc. to host all of our DJ datasets on their interactive graphing platform. Students can drag and drop the variables right onto the axes and build graphs in seconds without the complexity of manipulating a spreadsheet.
Dataset levels are derived by looking at the number of factors in the dataset and by the sheer amount of data collected. Most middle schoolers will be successful with a Level 1 or 2 dataset, and the appropriate level for your high schoolers depends on their data experience and determination. Drop us a line if you need help selecting an appropriate dataset for your student.
Level 1= Easy
Level 2= Moderate
Includes an additional PDF with background information and extra resources. These topics are a good starting place for students who are new to data analysis.
**Note** Please do not "Request Access" to the dataset's Google Sheet. Instead, when you have the Google Sheet open, click "File" in the upper left corner. From the drop-down list, either 1) Click "Download," which will download it as a Microsoft Excel file or 2) Click "Make a Copy" and save a copy of the Google Sheet to a personal Google Drive folder. Thank you!
Air Temperature at Poughkeepsie
Looking at air temperature records can tell us about the climate of a certain location. In this case, we are looking at Poughkeepsie, a city in the Hudson Valley that is located right near the Hudson River
Change in Sea Level at Battery Park
These data come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Battery Park monitoring station in New York City, and cover the years 1856-2014.
Gypsy Moth Egg Masses on Cary Institute Grounds
Researchers at the Cary Institute set up sample plots on the Cary Institute grounds in Millbrook, NY. Researchers searched the following substrates within the plots: live trees, dead trees, leaf litter, and rocks.
Hudson River Temperature at Poughkeepsie (1946-2012)
These data show the annual average water temperature for the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, NY from 1946-2012.
Spring Bird Migration Dates in Dutchess County
Data show a 123-year record (1885-2008) of first arrival date of select migratory birds in Dutchess County, NY.
Salt Levels in the Hudson River (Snapshot Day)
These data show the salinity (salt) levels at seven sites along the Hudson River.
Oxygen Levels and Invasive Aquatic Plants
Healthy aquatic habitats usually have dissolved oxygen levels at or above 80% saturation. Most fish and other organisms cannot live below 30% dissolved oxygen saturation, which is considered hypoxic.
Wildlife Distribution & Abundance in Managed Ecosystems
Dataset representing wildlife encounters recorded by trail cameras during the late summer and fall, 2015-2016. [Location: Cary Institute, Millbrook NY]
New York State Farming Trends
In this dataset, you can explore how trends have changed related to milk production and sales in New York over time, as well as compare the environmental impact of milk production vs. apple production.
Bees, Pesticides and GMOs
This dataset contains information on the number of European honey bee colonies, the use of pesticides, and the acres of Bt Corn planted in the USA since 1939.