Activity takes 2 weeks outside of class and 1 to 2 class sessions to introduce and have a final discussion. Computers with internet access required.
Hurricanes and climate change are topics that will likely engage students. Links to types of student assessment are provided, but there is no specific assessment related to this lesson.
About the Science
- Students create and analyze a Sea Surface Height (SSH) map to discover the relationship between hurricane intensity and surface temperatures during a recent gulf hurricane.
- Students then formulate and test hypotheses about how the global warming of the last century may have affected hurricane intensity using historical data.
- Data are provided from Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research.
- Activity is written in such a way that it can be updated to current date (and data sources are also updated).
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
In this activity learners:
- investigate the link between ocean temperatures and hurricane intensity,
- analyze instrumental and historical data, and
- explore possible future changes.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- There are no student or teacher directions about how to specifically use the Center for Astrodynamics Research site and generate the map.
- All data are provided in links and will be updated each year.
- No handout is available to provide assignment instructions.
TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE
- Create directions and/or a worksheet for students to better guide them through the map creation and hypothesis testing.
- Provide general assignment instructions to students.
- Provide a rubric or checklist of grading criteria.
Assessment is at the discretion of the educator as to how the assignment is used.