Educational resources about clouds, weather, climate, and modeling from the Windows to the Universe program and the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes
This presentation will feature W2U's extensive new content about atmospheric optics, hurricanes and climate, and climate modeling. Collections of annotated photographs are available in image galleries and albums appropriate for classroom use. New science standards-aligned classroom activities explore the urban heat island effect, the link between hurricane intensity and sea surface temperature, rising sea level, and the choices for energy efficiency that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions from our homes. An interactive virtual, instrumented balloon launch experiment and a very simple climate model enable students to derive and analyze data leading to understanding the atmosphere's structure and the long term impacts of green house gas emissions. UCAR, W2U, and CMMAP receive support from the National Science Foundation.