Energy Budget Lessons

ES.13: The student will investigate and understand that energy transfer between the sun and the Earth and its atmosphere drives weather and climate on Earth.



Surface Air Temperature Trends of the Caribbean
6 – 12 Students will use real satellite data to determine the changes in near-surface air temperature at different times of the year over the Caribbean Sea. Near-surface air temperature, October 1999
Seasons and Cloud Cover, Are They Related?
6 – 12 To use NASA satellite data to correlate cloud cover over Africa to the solar declination.
Storm Clouds– Fly over a Late Winter Storm onboard a NASA Earth Observing Satellite
6 – 12 To use CERES cloud data and a weather map to explore cloud coverage during a winter storm Storm satellite image
Creating Climographs
6 – 8 To use NASA satellite data to compare surface temperature and precipitation of different islands in the Pacific Ocean Climactic diagram showing temperture and preciptation over Guam
Does Humidity Affect Cloud Formation?
6 – 8 Students will use S’COOL data to identify factors that affect cloud formation. Hydrological cycle model
Earth’s Energy Budget – Seasonal Cycles in Net Radiative Flux
6,9 – 12 To use CERES radiation data to understand seasonal variations in the pattern of net energy input to the Earth system. Net Radiation image
State of the Atmosphere: Interpreting Weather Observations
7 To teach students about air temperature, dew point temperature and humidity by graphing weather balloon data in Excel Graph of cloud cover
Comparing Temperature and Solar Radiation for Common Latitudes
7 To use NASA satellite data to examine the solar radiation received at same latitude locations compared to the surface temperature of each location Monthly Surface Clear-sky Temperature, March 2000
A Comparison of Cloud Coverage over Africa
8 – 12 To use a NASA satellite data to contrast amounts of cloud coverage over different climate regions in Africa Illustration of Hadley Cell
Using MY NASA DATA to Determine Volcanic Activity
8-12 To use NASA satellite data of optical depth as a tool to determine volcanic activity on Reunion Island during 2000-2001 Piton de la Fournaise
Scientist Tracking Network (Student LAS Version)
8-9 To correlate surface radiation with mean surface temperature of several geographic regions. By observing how these parameters change with latitude, students will construct an understanding of the relationship of solar radiation to seasonal temperature variation. Students holding Wanted poster
Radiation Comparison Before and After 9-11
9 – 12 To determine if changes can be detected in cloud cover, temperature or radiation measurements due to the halt in air traffic post 9-11 Contrails persist over Southeast US
Seasonal cloud cover variations
9-12 To determine the seasonal cloud coverage and the type of clouds that make up the coverage, by percent, in the North Carolina (or other) area. Students will graph the data and make correlations between types, seasons and percentages. Western Australia