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View Resource MY NASA DATA : Hurricanes As Heat Engines Lesson

This lesson is designed to help students gain knowledge in using the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) to specify and download a microset of data, then to use the data to create graphs to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface. Students will make graphs from the data microset, then use the graphs to investigate locations along the track of Hurricane Rita where...

View Resource NASA Hurricane Data Portal

This portal is designed for viewing and studying hurricanes by utilizing measurements and data produced by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) remote-sensing instruments. Users can access current conditions information from NASA satellites (TRMM, AIRS, etc.), event-based information (maps and profiles) on active tropical storms or hurricanes, articles on the use of NASA data in...

View Resource Hurricane Katrina: Wetland Destruction

Wetlands along the southern coastlines of the United States serve as natural blocks to approaching hurricanes, starving them of warm ocean water and creating physical barriers to storm surge floods. However, construction of levees and canals in the last one hundred years has turned thousands of square miles of wetland habitat into open water. This video explores the importance of wetlands and...

View Resource Hurricane Katrina: Possible Causes

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities when it blew ashore on August 29, 2005. This essay discusses current thinking among experts on whether global warming may be contributing to the increased strength of hurricanes. It includes the results of a study using statistical data dating back to the nineteenth century that suggests hurricanes are lasting longer and...

View Resource The Hurricanes: Science and Society Website

The Hurricanes: Science and Society website is one of the most comprehensive Internet resources on hurricanes. The HSS website and its associated educational resources provide information on the science of hurricanes, methods of observing hurricanes, modeling and forecasting of hurricanes, how hurricanes impact society, and how people and communities can prepare for and mitigate the impacts of...

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