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1492: Using Data to Explain a Journey
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Back in the days of Christopher Columbus, voyages made across bodies of ...

Back in the days of Christopher Columbus, voyages made across bodies of water were dependent upon winds and currents to drive the sailing ships. Thus good navigation routes were often determined by prevailing weather conditions such as the Trade Winds, and then discovered by explorers. In this lesson, students will explore the wind climatology for the Atlantic Ocean basin (as determined by satellite data from the past ten years), and then compare it to the route documented by Columbus in 1492.

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Engineering
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physical Geography
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
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NASA
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My NASA DatA+
NASA Wavelength
Author:
Malinda Burk
1900 Air Pollution
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This article and included graphs,from the web site accompanying the FRONTLINE NOVA ...

This article and included graphs,from the web site accompanying the FRONTLINE NOVA special What's Up with the Weather?, reveals how atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxides from coal- and oil-burning power plants, cars, and other fossil-fuel-burning sources have climbed along with the world population, with as yet unknown effects on the climate system.

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Physics
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
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NSDL Science Refreshers
2004 Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Project
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Students are employees of a unit of the United Nations responsible for ...

Students are employees of a unit of the United Nations responsible for coordinating disaster relief after a major disaster (the 2004 Asian Earthquake and Tsunami) occurs. The agency needs to understand the situation in each country so that it can coordinate the work of various governments and NGO (nongovernmental organizations) working in the affected area.

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Geology
Oceanography
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Activity/Lab
Game
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Char Bezanson, Eastview High School, Apple Valley, Minnesota
2013 CAR Breakfast Briefing Series - Automotive Fuels and Emissions - Policies Compliance and Potential Impact of Future Technologies
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This resource contains presentations from one of the Center for Automotive Research's ...

This resource contains presentations from one of the Center for Automotive Research's (CAR's) breakfast briefings titled "Automotive Fuels and Emissions: Policies, Compliance, & Potential Impact of Future Technologies." This briefing occurred on 12/5/13 at Robert Bosch LLC in Farmington Hills, MI. At the briefing presenters discussed the strategic implications of Tier 3 regulations which will soon be finalized and may impact future technology decisions in a multitude of ways. The impact of Tier 3 emission regulations is expected to be far reaching as they have the potential to influence the quality of fuel, as well as usage of alternative fuels and powertrains. Further, the regulations will have a direct influence on the technologies, such as diesel and gasoline direct injection, that automakers will utilize to meet the fuel economy standards through MY2025. Included in this resource are the presentations from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Volkswagen, and Bosch utilized at the briefing.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Automotive Technology and Repair
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Data Set
Lecture Notes
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Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
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Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
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Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
2013 Plug-In Conference and Exposition: What's Next for the Electric Highway?
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This resource contains speaker presentations from the 2013 Plug-In Conference and Exposition. ...

This resource contains speaker presentations from the 2013 Plug-In Conference and Exposition. This conference took place September 30, 2013 to October 3, 2013 at Liberty Station in San Diego, CA and had the theme What's Next for the Electric Highway? This event brought together automotive manufacturers, component suppliers, electric utilities, government agencies, academia, and the environmental community to collaborate on the next steps in plug-in electric vehicle technology, infrastructure, policies and regulations, and market development.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Automotive Technology and Repair
Manufacturing
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Case Study
Data Set
Lecture Notes
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Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
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Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
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Electric Power Research Institute
2050
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This interactive addresses the question if we can reduce CO2 emissions by ...

This interactive addresses the question if we can reduce CO2 emissions by 20% of 1990 levels and help avoid dangerous climate change? Users of this interactive can manipulate changes to various sources and uses (supply and demand) of energy with the goal of reducing C02 emissions in Great Britain by 80% in the year 2050.

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Atmospheric Science
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Simulation
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK
2-Day Investigation of Soil Samples
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This activity is designed for a primary classroom (outdoors & indoors) investigation ...

This activity is designed for a primary classroom (outdoors & indoors) investigation where students collect and investigate soil samples and describe the soils, looking for similarities and differences. Students develop a method of recording the data colleted and can present the information gathered.

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Ecology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
5 Faces of Hurricane Mitch
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In this activity, students examine visible and infrared satellite images of Hurricane ...

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.

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Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
7th Grade Life Science at the Observatory: Life Throughout the Universe
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This classroom activity will show students that there is a lot we ...

This classroom activity will show students that there is a lot we don't know about science, for example life throughout the universe. It will hopefully encourage students to question what we know and don't know, and exploration and study of the unknown.

Subject:
Astronomy
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Brad Snyder
AH-CHOO!: A Case Study on Climate Change and Allergies
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As the carbon dioxide concentration of our atmosphere increases and our climate ...

As the carbon dioxide concentration of our atmosphere increases and our climate warms, the hay fever season seems to be getting longer and more severe. In this case study, students assume the a role of a public relations specialist contracted to communicate the link between climate change and pollen allergies. The activity focuses on the importance of scientific skills to careers outside science, and is most suitable for a lower-level introductory biology, human health, or environmental science course.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Case Study Collection
Author:
Juanita Constible
Luke Sandro
Richard E. Lee, Jr.
AIRNow: Air Quality Information
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AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and ...

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.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
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Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
United States Environmental Protection Agency
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 ...

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.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
ASMET: 2009 Drought in East Africa
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The module examines the 2009 drought in the Greater Horn of Africa ...

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.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
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 ...

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.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
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 ...

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.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
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 ...

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.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
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.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
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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
Abrupt Climate Change
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This lesson focuses on a current issue in science in order to ...

This lesson focuses on a current issue in science in order to help students understand the process by which scientific knowledge is developed and refined. The goal of science is to advance human understanding of the natural world and that sometimes means changing long-held views. According to recent studies, many students think that changes come mainly through facts and improved observational and measuring technology. However, they often do not make the distinction that advancements or changes can come from both new observations and reinterpreting old observations.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks