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Hurricane Investigation
This is a simple homework assignment that will reinforce topics discussed in lecture as well as enabling students to search and analyze information on the web.

Unit 3: Hurricane Tracks and Energy
The purpose of this unit is to learn some of the scientific tools used to determine hurricane location, path, and strength. Students plot the path of a recent hurricane (Irene, 2011), work with an online viewer to ...

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Unit 4: Hurricane Impacts
This unit has three options for 40-minute activities that address hurricane impacts. Alternatively, if time allows, all three could be used in sequence. Activity 4.1 includes a presentation on the terrestrial ...

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Unit 6: Predictions and Evacuation
Students watch a video and read about past evacuations, including a premature or unnecessary evacuation, a late or botched evacuation, and about people determined to stay put no matter what. Students participate in ...

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Tropical Cyclones and Global Change
This is a full semester project focusing on tropical cyclones and climate change for my undergraduate tropical meteorology class. It consists of five parts, outlined below.

Analyzing Hurricanes
The exercise uses GIS to explore historical data on hurricanes (path, strength, name). Students identify trends in hurricane records, the impact of hurricanes on major U.S. cities, and how hurricanes change through ...

Remote Sensing of Water
Teaching activity developed by John R. Jensen, University of South Carolina. Activity page submitted by Jerry Griffith, University of Southern Mississippi. Summary This lab exercise uses GOES and Landsat imagery ...

Drought: Unit Overview
Drought is an ever-present threat to all people whose lifestyles have been built on the availability of water. Across the planet, millions of humans make their homes and grow crops in areas that receive minimal amounts of precipitation. In this EarthLabs module students learn that when precipitation drops below normal, drought conditions can develop and economic, environmental, and social impacts can follow. The unit teaches students to interpret climate data to recognize the symptoms and evaluate the severity of drought. The unit raises awareness of the need to be prepared to face drought conditions that may become more common as our planet warms.

Lab 1: Where's the Water?
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives × Photo courtesy of ...

Lab 6: Drying of the American West
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives × The Colorado River ...

Lab 4: When Precipitation Patterns Change
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives × Precipitation ...

Lab 5: Droughts of the Past
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives × A great ...

Lab 7: Is Your Region Ready for a Drought?
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives × Photo by Scott ...

Lab 8: Drought Mitigation Trade-offs
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives × Alternating strips ...

Lab 1: Meteorological Monsters
The lab activity described here was created by Martos Hoffman of TERC and John McDaris of SERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives In this introductory activity, students view and ...

Lab 2: Hurricane Anatomy
The lab activity described here was created by John McDaris of SERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives Oblique satellite view of Hurricane Katrina. Details Students view and ...

Lab 3: Putting Hurricanes on the Calendar
The lab activity described here was created by LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives Students explore NOAA's official record of tropical storms and ...

Hot Water and Hurricanes
The lab activity described here was created by LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives Students explore issues related to the rapid intensification of hurricanes. ...

Death and Destruction
The lab activity described here was created by LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives Students search for images and video that illustrate the dangers that ...

Hurricanes Unit Overview
In this EarthLabs module, students will do hands-on experiments and study hurricanes in satellite imagery and visualizations. They'll also explore over 150 years of storm data to find out when and where these storms occur. If students are studying hurricanes during hurricane season, they can monitor the position and status of storms in real time. Hurricanes can serve as an exciting entry point into understanding everyday weather, or a culminating topic for an Earth system or environmental science unit.




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