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Introduction to Clouds
This site gives students an opportunity to explore storm clouds and climate change through the use of National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) climate research data obtained through satellite imaging. The challenge is to investigate actual scientific research data on clouds and storms, and make the resulting observations and interpretations available to NASA research scientists for review. The interactive site will allow students to discover what the major types of clouds produced by storms are and whether these clouds help to cool or warm the Earth's surface. Storms are the major producers of clouds in the Earth's atmosphere, so students investigate the relationship between the types of clouds in order to make their conclusions.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
Technical requirements:
Java
In order to utilize the different aspects of this module to their potential, you will need to use a graphical Web browser with Java and JavaScript enabled (version 4.0 or higher of either Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer recommended). Microsoft Excel 5.0 or higher is required to complete the data analysis section of the activity
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
NASA images generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages. This general permission does not include the NASA insignia logo (the blue "meatball" insignia), the NASA logotype (the red "worm" logo) and the NASA seal. These images may not be used by persons who are not NASA employees or on products (including Web pages) that are not NASA sponsored. If the NASA material is to be used for commercial purposes, especially including advertisements, it must not explicitly or implicitly convey NASA's endorsement of commercial goods or services
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-506
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Interactive Courseware for PC's'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP)