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Browse ESS2.D Resources

Diagram of solar radiation and Earth's energy budget
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In this lesson, students will explore (through labs, videos, and a simulation) how energy from the sun is absorbed, reflected and radiated back out into space as part of the Earth’s energy budget.
Hurricane approaching Florida
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This IQuest has been developed to help you explore the wild and changing world of weather and climate. Weather and climate are shaped by complex interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, clouds, ice, land, and life forms.
GPM: Too Much, Too Little
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Researchers need accurate and timely rainfall information to better understand and model where and when severe floods, frequent landslides and devastating droughts may occur, and GPM’s global rainfall data will help provide that information.
Thumbnail for "The Water Cycle"
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This video (4:56) uses a combination of cartoon characters, a scientist, and a series of different Earth-observing satellites with data animations to teach the various parts of the water cycle.
Faces of GPM with Steve Nesbitt
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Profile of Steve Nesbitt, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois and a mission scientist on GPM ground validation field campaigns.
TRMM at 15: The Reign of Rain
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This video celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). Project Scientist Scott Braun looks back at TRMM's legacy and a few of the major scientific milestones the satellite has helped achieved.
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The activities in this guide will help students understand variations in environmental parameters by examining connections among different phenomena measured on local, regional and global scales.
CoCoRaHS Volunteers with rain gauges (image credit: CoCoRaHS)
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CoCoRaHS is a Citizen Science organization that helps participants collect and share precipitation data. They also assist teachers in learning how to install and use rain gauges with their students. Learn how to collect and submit measurements to CoCoRaHS
Real World: Monitoring Earth's Energy Budget with CERES
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Learn how NASA uses a data-collecting sensor, Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System, or CERES, to study clouds and make accurate measurements of energy leaving Earth.
Real World: JASON-2 thumbnail
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Learn how the satellite, Jason 2, is able to use radar waves to determine the height of sea levels and evaluate the effects of global warming.

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