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In this lesson, students are guided to explore an historical El Nino event using real satellite data and to correlate El Nino to local weather.
Exploring the Environment: Human Health Effects
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Understanding the mechanisms behind potential climate changes will allow accurate predictions of impacts to human health and the social and political factors which will affect the well-being of millions of Earth’s inhabitants.
Exploring the Environment: Drought Problem
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This problem-based learning module takes students through a real-world scenario drought in Texas and has them use satellite images and other actual data to answer questions about how Texas and other states should respond to the situation.
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Students then collect and analyze data about the size and shapes of raindrops. Students have the opportunity to compare a 2-D representation to a 3-D representation to understand why scientists use multiple sources of data to study Earth Systems.
Palace on a high mountaintop
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In this lesson, weather data from ground-based and satellite observations are analyzed for a real world application -- to plan a high mountain retreat in Tibet.
Hurricane Katrina: A Problem-Based Learning Module
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In this activity, students are tasked with conducting an Earth systems analysis of Hurricane Katrina that will help answer the question "Is global warming causing an increase in hurricane frequency and intensity?"
Investigating the Climate System: Energy Cycle
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A downloadable PDF lesson plan which explores Earth's energy cycle.
Investigating the Climate System: Weather
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A downloadable PDF lesson plan which explores the role of weather in Earth systems.
Investigating the Climate System: Winds
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A downloadable PDF lesson plan which explores the role of wind in Earth systems.
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A downloadable PDF lesson plan which explores clouds and their role in Earth systems.

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