The purpose of this activity is to observe the type and cover of clouds including contrails. Students observe which of ten types of clouds and how many of three types of contrails are visible and how much of the sky is covered by clouds (other than contrails) and how much is covered by contrails. Intended outcomes are that students learn how to make estimates from observations and how to categorize specific clouds following general descriptions for the categories. They will learn the meteorological concepts of cloud heights, types, and cloud cover and learn the ten basic cloud types. Supporting background materials for both student and teacher are included.
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Type of resource:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
For science/educational use consistent with the methodologies of the GLOBE Program.
DLESE Catalog ID: GLOBE-8
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
The GLOBE Program