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Vertical Cloud Profiles: The Millimeter Wave Cloud Radar (MMCR)
This middle/junior high school level activity requires students to color velocity and reflectivity radar images from the millimeter wave cloud radar (MMCR) in Oklahoma and to interpret their features including cloud thickness and height. The exercise is part of the Atmospheric Visualization Collection (AVC), which focuses on data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program's Southern Great Plains Cloud and Radiation Testbed site.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
  • Visual:
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Atmospheric science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
An optional Quicktime movie of this activity is available.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: AVC-000-000-000-113
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Mr Christopher M Klaus
Argonne National Laboratory

Contributor: Tim McCollum
Charleston Middle School

Publisher: Argonne National Laboratory, Decision and Information Sciences