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Climate Change and Atlantic Hurricanes: A GIS Inquiry part of Cutting Edge:Hurricanes-Climate Change Connection:Activities
Students make hypotheses about how hurricane numbers, locations, or intensities have been changing, and then use hurricane tracks, wind speed, barometric pressure, and dates to test their hypotheses.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climatology :Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Ocean-Climate Interactions, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Energy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Energy, heat and temperature, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change

Tropical Cyclones, Sea Surface Temperature, and Beyond part of Cutting Edge:Hurricanes-Climate Change Connection:Activities
The activity will use historical data of sea surface temperature and tropical cyclone origin and/or tracks to identify trends. Students use Arc GIS to explore projected SST changes and predict areas where tropical ...

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Winds, Clouds and precipitation, Atmospheric circulation, Air pressure, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Energy, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Ocean-Climate Interactions, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Energy, heat and temperature, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Climate sensitivity and feedbacks

Estimating Areal Rainfall in the Lake Whatcom Watershed part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Robert Mitchell, Geology Department, Western Washington University Summary The learning objectives for this GIS exercise are to 1) understand rainfall spatial variability and how to account for it when making ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water

Exercise 2: Introduction to coordinate systems and projections part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary This exercise gives students personal experience with data sets that have spatial reference "issues" so that they learn first hand both why it ...

Shorelines of Glacial Lake Hitchcock part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Bob Newton, Smith College Summary This activity uses GIS methods to subtract the isostatic rebound from a DEM in order to create a map of the shoreline of Glacial Lake Hitchcock. Students are then able to evaluate ...

Geoprocessing (map overlay) exercise - a rabbit prediction map part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Chris Harding, Iowa State University Summary Walks the student through the creation of a prediction map using a very simple (fictitious) spatial planning and analysis scenario. Although the actual prediction ...

Campus Map with Group GPS Mapping Component part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Kelly Debure, Eckerd College Summary Students use GPS units and record the location of some feature of interest on the campus. A shapefile is created from data recorded in an Excel file. This data is incorporated ...

Introduction to Google Earth for Geologic Reconnaissance and Interpretation part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Brian Hausback, California State University, Sacramento Summary Introduction to Google Earth for Geologic Reconnaissance and Interpretation Context Type and level of course This lab is used as an introductory lab ...

Swimming in Oil: The Impact, Aftermath and Alternatives to Oil Spills part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Michelle Kinzel, San Diego Mesa College Summary This activity introduces students to basic functions and features of ArcGIS software and explores principles of a GIS and data set manipulations, using observational ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards

Land Use Change in MidCoast Maine part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College Summary This lab exercise is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of GIS as part of two - three hour lab periods. The exercise provides experience with GIS software as ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Land Use and Planning, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water quality/chemistry , Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry