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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. ...

Hurricanes and Heat Transfer
The lab activity described here was created by John McDaris of SERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives This image from the NASA Conceptual Image Lab is a part of a video that shows ...

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.

Lab 6: Why Keep an Eye on the Barometer? Instructor Information Page
The lab activity described here was created by Martos Hoffman and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives file to explore how air pressure and wind speed changed ...

Lab 4: Putting Hurricanes on the Map
The lab activity described here was created by LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives Students select a storm from the HURDAT database and create its track in the ...

Exploring and Animating GOES Images
DATA: GOES Weather Images. TOOL: ImageJ. SUMMARY: Transform a time series of GOES images into an animation. Plot a storm track and determine storm speed.

Using a Town Meeting Scenario to Explore the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy
In this role-playing activity, students are assigned into groups which will explore specific roles related to Hurricane Sandy. A mock town meeting scenario where the community is requesting input for how to address the challenges of rebuilding their homes, businesses, and infrastructure allows for the class to learn more about the multiple perspectives, issues, and interests resulting from this devastating disaster.

Hurricane Katrina Flooding Activity
Students will use links from the NOAA and NASA website to learn about the meteorological characteristics and history of Hurricane Katrina and visualize the effects of the flooding by the hurricane on New Orleans.

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.

ConcepTest: Stream Baseflow During Droughts
What happens to the volume of water that passes from groundwater to streams during a prolonged drought? a. it increases b. it decreases c. no change

SAGUARO: Science and GIS Unlocking Analysis and Research Opportunities

The SAGUARO project CD-ROM features three learning modules that use GIS to learn about earth system science. The three modules - Exploring Tropical Cyclones, Exploring the Dynamic Earth, and ...

Counting on the Havoc of Hurricanes: Comparing Statistics of Hurricane Floyd to Other Hurricanes

In this lesson from the New York Times Learning Network, students define and classify the various ways in which numbers are used in forecasting and coping with the effects of a hurricane. This is ...

GOES Hurricane Linda

This NASA lithograph presents a GOES satellite image of Hurricane Linda as it approached Baja, California on September 12, 1997. A brief explanation of how hurricanes are formed and a classroom ...

Climate and Civilization: The Maya Example

This activity uses geophysical and geochemical data to determine climate in Central America during the recent past and to explore the link between climate (wet periods and drought) and population ...
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Aerial Photography and Mapping Lesson Plan: Images of Katrina

This activity from NOAA Ocean Service is about using aerial photographs to assess the impact of extreme weather events such as Hurricane Katrina. The activity features aerial views of Biloxi, MS ...
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