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Anatomy of a Raindrop
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This short video (~2 minutes) explains how a raindrop falls through the ...

This short video (~2 minutes) explains how a raindrop falls through the atmosphere and why a more accurate look at raindrops can improve estimates of global precipitation. This information is important to scientists working on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission - understanding the micro world of raindrops provides insight to scientists about the macro world of storms.

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Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Physics
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Lecture
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Angle of Light Rays and Surface Distribution
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This experimental activity is designed to develop basic understanding of the relationship ...

This experimental activity is designed to develop basic understanding of the relationship between the angle of light rays and the area over which the light rays are distributed, and the potential to affect changes in the temperature of materials. Resources needed to conduct this activity include a flashlight, cardboard, protractor and ruler. The resource includes background information, a pre-activity inquiry exploration for students, teaching tips and questions to guide student discussion. This is chapter 4 of Meteorology: An Educator's Resource for Inquiry-Based Learning for Grades 5-9. The guide includes a discussion of learning science, the use of inquiry in the classroom, instructions for making simple weather instruments, and more than 20 weather investigations ranging from teacher-centered to guided and open inquiry investigations.

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Atmospheric Science
Physics
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Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Antarctica: Challenging Forecasts for a Challenging Environment
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Antarctica: Challenging Forecasts for a Challenging Environment features two educational pieces. The ...

Antarctica: Challenging Forecasts for a Challenging Environment features two educational pieces. The first is the overview giving the general audience a broad look at Antarctica including some history, interesting facts, real-life experiences, climate, and the challenges inherent to this frozen continent. The second is the main presentation where experts in Antarctic research and forecasting, share their knowledge of the continent. They discuss forecasting challenges as well as present and future research topics while providing elaborations on the uniqueness in Antarctica’s location, topography, and forecasting techniques as compared to other parts of the globe.

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Atmospheric Science
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Applications of NWP Concepts
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This is a planned series of short case studies demonstrating critical thinking ...

This is a planned series of short case studies demonstrating critical thinking in the use of NWP products based on an understanding of the characteristics and limitations of NWP models and the NWP forecast process. We welcome any comments you may have regarding the case content, its discussion, or the instructional use and benefits of this material. In particular, we are interested in any additions or modifications to this type of case discussion that would make it more relevant and useful for the training of your forecasters.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Applying Diagnostic and Forecast Tools: Forecasting Fog and Low Stratus
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This module discusses how to apply various observational data and remote sensing ...

This module discusses how to apply various observational data and remote sensing tools such as satellite, METARS, soundings, profilers, radar, and model analyses to diagnose the potential for fog and/or low stratus. Various forecast tools (such as model forecast fields, forecast soundings, and BUFKIT) used to assess fog and/or low stratus potential onset, intensity, and duration are also examined. This module is part of the Distance Learning Course 1: Forecasting Fog and Low Stratus.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Aqua: AIRS, AMSU, HSB, AMSR-E, CERES, MODIS
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Aqua, Latin for water, is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named ...

Aqua, Latin for water, is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for the large amount of information that the mission is collecting about the Earth's water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, clouds, precipitation, soil moisture, sea ice, land ice, and snow cover on the land and ice. Additional variables also measured by Aqua include radiative energy fluxes, aerosols, vegetation cover on the land, phytoplankton and dissolved organic matter in the oceans, and air, land, and water temperatures. This brochure provides a comprehensive overview of the Aqua spacecraft, instruments, science, and data products.

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Atmospheric Science
Hydrology
Oceanography
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NASA
Arctic Meteorology and Oceanography
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Diminishing sea ice has opened the Arctic to navigation and operations like ...

Diminishing sea ice has opened the Arctic to navigation and operations like never before. Forecasters are increasingly predicting weather in support of those operations. This module is intended to provide forecasters with a brief introduction to the Arctic, including its geography, climatology, and the forecast problems they are likely to encounter. The module follows a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter on a voyage from Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands, to Barrow, on the north coast of Alaska. Various topics are addressed along the way in a series of short, stand-alone lessons.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Are We Warming Earth?
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In the culminating activity of this investigation, students write an editorial entitled, ...

In the culminating activity of this investigation, students write an editorial entitled, Are We Warming Earth?, in which they attempt to persuade readers to take global warming seriously. Leading up to that activity, students read background material and interpret a variety of supporting graphs, diagrams and charts. The supplemental material focuses on global warming- the causes, effects on physical systems, and effects on human systems. The URL opens to the investigation directory, with links to teacher and student materials, lesson extensions, resources, teaching tips, and assessment strategies. This is Investigation 3 of three found in the Grades 9-12 Module 3 of Mission Geography. The Mission Geography curriculum integrates data and images from NASA missions with the National Geography Standards. Each of the three investigations in Module 3, while related, can be done independently.

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Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Are You Kyoto Cool?
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Students will complete this survey that determines their personal and household contributions ...

Students will complete this survey that determines their personal and household contributions to atmospheric Carbon dioxide by using information about their previous year's consumption. They will understand that Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas produced by the combustion of fossil fuels, and that its production can be minimized by taking personal steps to conserve.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Author:
Glenn Dolphin
ASMET: Flooding in West Africa
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The rainy season in Sahelian West Africa extends from June to September ...

The rainy season in Sahelian West Africa extends from June to September and is tied to the position of the intertropical front. During this period, mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) often produce significant rainfall that can lead to flooding. This module examines an extreme flooding event that occurred in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 31 August to 1 September 2009. Learners assume the role of forecaster, assessing meteorological conditions to see if an MCS will develop that can lead to heavy rain and flooding. They follow a forecast process that emphasizes the use of satellite data, standard surface and upper-air charts, and model output. The forecast process is tied to a conceptual model of the key features that drive convective activities in West Africa.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
ASMET: Satellite Precipitation Products for Hydrological Management in Southern Africa
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This module introduces a variety of meteorological and hydrological products that can ...

This module introduces a variety of meteorological and hydrological products that can improve the quality of heavy rainfall forecasts and assist with hydrological management during extensive precipitation events in Southern Africa. Among the products are the satellite-based ASCAT, SMOS, and ASAR GM soil moisture products and the hydro-estimator. The products are presented within the context of a case, the flooding of South Africa's Vaal Dam region in 2009/2010.

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Atmospheric Science
Hydrology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Assessing Fire Danger
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The “Assessing Fire Danger” distance learning module explores techniques for recognizing weather ...

The “Assessing Fire Danger” distance learning module explores techniques for recognizing weather and fuel conditions contributing to fire danger. The module includes a matrix of data sources offering useful weather, fuels, and other information related to fire ignition, spread, and intensity. An overview of situational awareness practices provides information relevant to forecasters in the office or field. This module is part of the Advanced Fire Weather Forecasters Course.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Assessing NWP with Water Vapour Imagery
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You've seen it happen repeatedly. Forecasters have a tough forecast ahead of ...

You've seen it happen repeatedly. Forecasters have a tough forecast ahead of them. But how are they supposed to know which model data will be the best one to help them come to a conclusion about the situation? In situations like this, the first step should always be to assess the model data against a set of current observations that should show a 1-to-1 relationship with the model output. Which variable should be plotted? On which surface? Which current observations will make the most sense to assess against? If you know the answers to some, but not all of these questions, find these answers and more by going through this lesson.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Atmosphere Animations
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This site features Java Applet, QuickTime, and Flash animations that illustrate characteristics ...

This site features Java Applet, QuickTime, and Flash animations that illustrate characteristics and functions of the atmosphere. They show how atmospheric temperature, pressure, and density change with respect to changing altitude, the way different kinds of radiation (x-ray, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared) act in various levels of the atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere/ionosphere), how oxygen gas and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) interact with ultraviolet radiation to create and deplete ozone, and the manner in which radiation is trapped in the atmosphere, causing the greenhouse effect and global warming. The animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Atmospheric Aerosols
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This NASA site explains the three major types of atmospheric aerosols - ...

This NASA site explains the three major types of atmospheric aerosols - volcanic emissions, desert dust, and anthropogenic aerosols - and how they affect global climate. The site discusses the generation and atmospheric distribution of these aerosols, as well as the chemical and physical processes by which they create global cooling.

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Atmospheric Science
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Reading
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Atmospheric Dust
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Atmospheric dust storms are common in many of the world's semi-arid and ...

Atmospheric dust storms are common in many of the world's semi-arid and arid regions and can impact local, regional, and even global weather, agriculture, public health, transportation, industry, and ocean health. This module takes a multifaceted approach to studying atmospheric dust storms. The first chapter examines the impacts of dust storms, the physical processes involved in their life cycle, their source regions, and their climatology. The second chapter explores satellite products (notably dust RGBs) and dust models used for dust detection and monitoring, and presents a process for forecasting dust storms. The third and final chapter of the module examines the major types of dust storms: those that are synoptically forced, such as pre- and post-frontal dust storms and those induced by large-scale trade winds; and those caused by mesoscale systems such as downslope winds, gap flow, convection, and inversion downburst storms.

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Life Science
Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Atmospheric Heating Animations
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This site features a QuickTime animation with audio, a series of Java ...

This site features a QuickTime animation with audio, a series of Java applets, and an MPEG that illustrate various aspects of atmospheric heating. They explain Earth's radiation balance, show the user how to draw temperature contours, and depict the basic idea of an urban heat island. These resources portray a variety of environments and are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.

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Atmospheric Science
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Reading
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Atmospheric Moisture Animations
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This site features GIFs, Java applets, MPEGs, and Flash animations that illustrate ...

This site features GIFs, Java applets, MPEGs, and Flash animations that illustrate various forms of precipitation and moisture. They include an animation of air parcels and water vapor colliding with condensation nuclei which results in condensation and cloud formation, an interactive precipitation animation applet that allows the user to set wet and dry bulb temperatures to see if snow, ice, freezing rain, sleet, super cooled droplets, raindrops, or drizzle will fall, an animation of lake effect snow over the Great Lakes, and infrared satellite images of water vapor moving across the US. These resources portray a variety of environments and are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.

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Atmospheric Science
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Reading
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Atmospheric Pressure and Wind Animations
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This site features Flash and QuickTime animations that illustrate diurnal changes in ...

This site features Flash and QuickTime animations that illustrate diurnal changes in wind patterns along coasts due to unequal heating of the land and water, the Coriolis Effect on the Earth's surface and in the context of everyday weather patterns, and global circulation, temperature, and wind patterns. The animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Australian Institute of Marine Science
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Located near Townsville, North Queensland, AIMS researchers collect and analyze data to ...

Located near Townsville, North Queensland, AIMS researchers collect and analyze data to improve our understanding of the marine world, and to find science-based management practices that ensure long-term sustainable use and development of marine resources. Site features information on facilities, faculty, current projects, open house and other events, and employment opportunities. Also features the Mariner's Journal, a log from several AIMS research cruises.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center