Armed with a digital camera and laptop, the instructor will provide daily bulletins to course websites as the stimulus for student discussion and the basis of laboratory exercises. For example, students will: 1) Use satellite, radar, surface, and upper air data to track, in real-time, the weather systems through which the CAMEX aircraft are flying, 2) Make daily forecasts and verify their forecasts with the Tropical Prediction Center tracks and other observations, and 3) Examine sea surface temperature and its relationship to storm tracks and intensification.
In this manner, students can relate the observation, research, and theoretical components of meteorology to their immediate environment. Representatives from the university's Center for Teaching Enhancement will conduct evaluations of the courses and the impact of this distance learning experience. The goal of this project is to enhance the academic experiences of the students while providing sound computer-based, technical skills.