Clouds & Earth's Climate with Dr. Patrick Taylor Video
Students watch a video and answer questions on Dr. Patrick Taylor (Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center) as he discusses the study of clouds and Earth's energy budget by analyzing data from Low Earth Orbit satellites.
This video, Clouds & Earth's Climate, introduces Dr. Patrick Taylor, an Atmospheric Scientist from NASA Langley Research Center. He discusses his role in studying clouds and Earth's Energy Budget by analyzing data from low Earth orbit satellites. He also discusses the different effects of clouds on the energy budget.
Complete the questions as you watch the video.
Clouds & Earth's Climate - Patrick Taylor. Video Length: 7:44 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8DMPSBHXo0
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- How much has Earth’s mean surface temperature warmed over the last 130 years?
- How does the CERES (Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System) project produce global climate data records of Earth’s energy budget and clouds over many decades?
- Why is Earth’s energy budget important for climate?
- If less sunlight is absorbed than infrared energy is emitted to space, what will the effect be on Earth’s temperature?
- If more sunlight is absorbed than infrared energy is emitted to space, what will the effect be on Earth’s temperature?
- According to the animation of CERES data showing where Earth cools by losing infrared energy to space, which regions lose the most energy to space?
- Where is the least infrared energy lost to space?
- According to the animation showing CERES observations of reflected sunlight from Earth, where are the areas with the least reflected sunlight?
- According to the animation showing CERES observations of reflected sunlight from Earth, where are the areas with the most reflected sunlight?
- What are two possible effects that clouds have on the energy budget?
- Why does NASA study clouds and their role in Earth’s energy budget?
- Clouds & Earth's Climate - Patrick Taylor. (2021, June 15). YouTube. Retrieved August 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8DMPSBHXo0
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Supported NGSS Performance Expectations
- MS-ESS2-1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
- MS-PS4-2: Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
- HS-ESS2-4: Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.