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5 Faces of Hurricane Mitch
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In this activity, students examine visible and infrared satellite images of Hurricane ... More

In this activity, students examine visible and infrared satellite images of Hurricane Mitch to learn how remote sensing provides crucial information to forecast the size and strength of a tropical storm. They plot the hurricane on a hurricane tracking chart, and measure the storms width, and the size of the eye. Satellite images and the hurricane tracking chart are provided. Summary background information, data and images supporting the activity are available on the Earth Update data site. To complete the activity, students will need to access the Space Update multimedia collection, which is available for download and purchase for use in the classroom. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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AIRNow: Air Quality Information
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AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and ... More

AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and forecasts of air quality across the country. The organization's home page features news articles, information on the Air Quality Index (AQI), and highlighted forecasts for areas with AQIs of special concern. An interactive map shows weather systems, winds, and areas where air quality is likely to be compromised by ozone, particulates, ultraviolet radiation, or other pollutants, with links to current conditions, forecasts, and webcams for selected cities. There are also links to educational materials on air quality for younger students, interactive features and visual materials for older students, and curriculum materials for teachers. Other resources include information on AQI for health providers, older adults, and TV weathercasters; information on air quality and personal health, smoke from fires, and links to air quality information from other countries. Less

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
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Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Reference
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NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
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United States Environmental Protection Agency
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AMS/COMET/MSC Mountain Weather Workshop, August 2008, Whistler, BC
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In August 2008, the "Mountain Weather Workshop: Bridging the Gap Between Research ... More

In August 2008, the "Mountain Weather Workshop: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Forecasting" was held in Whistler, BC, Canada. It was sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, UCAR/COMET, and the Meteorological Service of Canada. The workshop brought together researchers, faculty, students, and operational forecasters. Its primary goals were to help provide a better understanding of the state of the science of mountain meteorology from both a research and an operational perspective, and to discuss ways of improving interaction between the research and forecasting communities. The workshop consisted of lectures by distinguished speakers covering numerous topics related to weather in complex terrain. This webcast collection contains recordings of the presentations from the workshop. Less

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Education
Atmospheric Science
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Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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AM in the PM
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In this activity, learners will listen to as many radio stations as ... More

In this activity, learners will listen to as many radio stations as possible to discover that AM radio signals can travel many hundreds of miles at night. Learners log the call signs, locations, and quality of the transmissions on a data table. This resource includes information about how AM radio transmissions differ at day and night, the ionosphere, the history of call letters, and NOAA Weather Radio. Note: this activity must be completed during the evening or early in the morning before sunrise and learners must have access to an AM radio. Less

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Computer Science
Engineering
Electronic Technology
Education
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
NOAA
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
NOAA
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Weather Service
NOAA
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ASMET: 2009 Drought in East Africa
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The module examines the 2009 drought in the Greater Horn of Africa ... More

The module examines the 2009 drought in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), focusing on conditions in Kenya. The module begins by reviewing drought conditions in the years leading up to 2009. From there, it examines the seasonal climate forecast for the beginning of 2009 and see what it portends. Satellite products are used to study rainfall performance throughout the year and its impact on the drought situation. Finally, the module describes the climate oscillations that can impact drought in the GHA and identifies patterns that were present in 2009 and contributed to its severity. By the end of the module, weather forecasters and students should have a better understanding of drought and the tools available for its early detection and monitoring. Less

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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ASMET 7: Convective Weather and Aviation in West and Central Africa
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The hazards associated with convective systems present some of the most dangerous ... More

The hazards associated with convective systems present some of the most dangerous conditions encountered by aircraft and pose many challenges to aviation operations. When convection is forecast to develop, aviation forecasters are required to issue a series of warning messages and other meteorological aeronautical products to various members of the aviation community. This lesson teaches these forecasters how to produce the products, doing so in the context of a case study in which learners assume the role of aeronautical forecaster on duty at the airport in Niamey, Niger on a night when convection develops. The lesson is one of three aviation weather case studies developed by the ASMET team to improve aviation forecasting in Africa. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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ASMET 7: Detecting Clear Air Turbulence: South African Case Study
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Turbulence is a major concern for the aviation industry. It often goes ... More

Turbulence is a major concern for the aviation industry. It often goes undetected in cloud-free areas, catching pilots off guard when they fly into it. Turbulence can injure passengers and crew, and cause structural damage to aircraft. This makes it critical for aviation weather forecasters to closely monitor the atmosphere for signs of turbulence and issue special warnings when it is likely to be present. This lesson helps prepare forecasters for these tasks by providing general information about turbulence and showing them how to detect it using satellite imagery, tephigrams, and NWP products. The latter is presented in the form of a case study in which learners assume the role of aviation forecaster at Cape Town International Airport (South Africa), and need to determine if turbulence is likely to be present along a particular flight path. The lesson is intended for aviation weather forecasters, general weather forecasters interested in aviation meteorology, and meteorological instructors and students. Note that the lesson is one of three aviation weather case studies developed by the ASMET team to improve aviation forecasting in Africa. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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ASMET 7: Forecasting Fog for Aviation: Kenya Case Study
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This lesson aims to improve aviation forecasts of fog in the African ... More

This lesson aims to improve aviation forecasts of fog in the African airspace by teaching forecasters to make more accurate forecasts using satellite imagery, numerical weather prediction, and other available data. A process for diagnosing and forecasting fog is presented and applied to a case over the Nairobi, Kenya region. Learners assume the role of aviation forecaster, analysing various products to determine whether the current Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) is valid or needs to be amended. The lesson is intended for aviation forecasters, general weather forecasters interested in aviation meteorology, and meteorological forecasting instructors and students. This lesson is one of three aviation weather case studies developed by the ASMET project to improve aviation forecasting in Africa. They also support COMET's Review of Aeronautical Meteorology – Africa online learning curriculum, which provides training that supports the WMO/ICAO competencies for Aeronautical Meteorological Forecasters. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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ASMET: Flooding in West Africa
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The rainy season in Sahelian West Africa extends from June to September ... More

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. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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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 ... More

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. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Hydrology
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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Acid Rain Effects
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Learners conduct a simple experiment to model and explore the harmful effects ... More

Learners conduct a simple experiment to model and explore the harmful effects of acid rain (vinegar) on living (green leaf and eggshell) and non-living (paper clip) objects. Learners observe the effects over a period of days. This activity has links to other activities which can be combined to make a larger lesson. Resource contains vocabulary definitions and suggestions for assessment, extensions, and scaling for different levels of learners. Less

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Denise Carlson
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
National Science Foundation
U.S. Department of Education
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Acid (and Base) Rainbows
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Learners use red cabbage juice and pH indicator paper to test the ... More

Learners use red cabbage juice and pH indicator paper to test the acidity and basicity of household materials. The activity links this concept of acids and bases to acid rain and other pollutants. Resource contains vocabulary definitions and suggestions for assessment, extensions, and scaling for different levels of learners. Less

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Denise Carlson
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
Gwendolyn Frank
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
National Science Foundation
Sharon Perez
U.S. Department of Education
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Adding Value to NWP Guidance
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The purpose of this module is to train operational meteorologists at NWS ... More

The purpose of this module is to train operational meteorologists at NWS WFOs and elsewhere how to maximize opportunities to add value to NWP forecasts. The training includes use of the methods and tools from earlier modules in Course 2 of Effective Use of NWP in the Forecast Process. Included in the module are two case examples for the short- and medium-range. Additionally, a WES "caselet" is available from the NWS Warning Decision Training Branch that further illustrates how to add value to NWP guidance. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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Advanced Fire Weather Forecasters Course Orientation
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The “Advanced Fire Weather Forecasters Course Orientation” module introduces the organization of ... More

The “Advanced Fire Weather Forecasters Course Orientation” module introduces the organization of the course, the topics presented, and the intended audience, as well as the motivation for converting this course to online training. This web module is part of the Advanced Fire Weather Forecasters Course.. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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Advanced Igneous Petrology, Fall 2005
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Advanced Igneous Petrology covers the history of and recent developments in the ... More

Advanced Igneous Petrology covers the history of and recent developments in the study of igneous rocks. Students review the chemistry and structure of igneous rock-forming minerals and proceed to study how these minerals occur and interact in igneous rocks. The course focuses on igneous processes and how we have learned about them through studying a number of significant sites worldwide. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Grove, Timothy L.
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Advanced Satellite Sounding: The Benefits of Hyperspectral Observation - 2nd Edition
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This lesson is an update to the 2008 expert lecture on hyperspectral ... More

This lesson is an update to the 2008 expert lecture on hyperspectral observations presented by Dr. Mitch Goldberg, Program Scientist for NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program. The lesson discusses what hyperspectral observations are, how they are made, some current products, their contributions to improved monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces, as well as their impact on numerical weather prediction. The lesson begins by discussing the importance of satellite observing systems. From there, it reviews the principles of remote sensing that are needed for deriving products from hyperspectral infrared observations. The third and largest section of the lesson examines results from and operational applications of the AIRS, IASI, and CrIS hyperspectral sounders. The final section discusses the importance of hyperspectral soundings from geostationary satellites. The lesson has been updated from the original presentation to include information about NASA and NOAA's new polar orbiting programs and CrIS, the Cross-track Infrared Sounder on the Suomi NPP polar orbiter. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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Advanced Seminar in Geology and Geochemistry: Organic Geochemistry, Fall 2005
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12.491 is a seminar focusing on problems of current interest in geology ... More

12.491 is a seminar focusing on problems of current interest in geology and geochemistry. For Fall 2005, the topic is organic geochemistry. Lectures and readings cover recent research in the development and properties of organic matter. Less

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Anatomy/Physiology
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Summons, Roger
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Advances in Microwave Remote Sensing: Ocean Wind Speed and Direction
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This Webcast covers the ocean surface wind retrieval process, the basics of ... More

This Webcast covers the ocean surface wind retrieval process, the basics of microwave polarization as it relates to wind retrievals, and several operational examples. Information on the development of microwave sensors used to retrieve ocean surface wind speed and the ocean surface wind vector (speed and direction) is also included. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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Advances in Space-Based Nighttime Visible Observation
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This one-hour module explores the types of atmospheric and surface features that ... More

This one-hour module explores the types of atmospheric and surface features that can be observed at night. It describes recent technical improvements in nighttime visible imaging with the Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band and the lunar phases and other conditions that are necessary for effective nighttime visible imaging. This lays the foundation for the rest of the module, which explores operational uses of nighttime visible observations. These include the detection and monitoring of city lights, tropical cyclones, fog and stratus, polar nights, auroras, fires, volcanoes, dust storms, air pollution, moonglint, lightning, gas flares, ships and boats, and population/economic geography. The module is aimed at weather forecasters and other environmental scientists who use nighttime environmental data. Other users, such as those in the transportation industry and economists, may profit from it as well. Less

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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Aerial Imagery
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This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry ... More

This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into aerial imagery. Learners will use the internet to gather free aerial imagery of nearby points of interest (or use laminated images prepped by educator). Then, they will imagine they are traveling in a spaceship to visit Earth for the first time and explore how their view changes as they approach Earthäóťs surface. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Earthquakes. Less

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Computer Science
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physics
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
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