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MY NASA DATA : Hurricanes As Heat Engines Lesson DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this lesson, students create graphs to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface. It is designed to help students gain knowledge in using the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) to specify, download and use a microset of data. Students will make graphs from the data microset, then use the graphs to investigate locations along the track of Hurricane Rita where lowered Sea Surface Temperature is observed. The lesson provides detailed procedure, related links and sample graphs, follow-up questions and extensions, and Teacher Notes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Case study
    • Module / Unit
  • Atmospheric science
  • Natural hazards
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
May be used in an educational setting as long as credit to NASA and MY NASA DATA is given.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-342
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Lin Chambers