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Hurricane Education
The research into hurricanes is not only useful to scientists trying to unlock their mysteries, but to everyone else who has an interest in them. NASA has developed several educational tools including posters, visualizations and graphics, classroom activities on hurricanes. The web links below will bring them to you. For more information on Education products, please email John Leck of the Education area at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. His email is:

Poster and Lithograph:

Hurricane Andrew Poster
This is a poster that shows a NASA-NOAA GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) image of Hurricane Andrew on the front and provides classroom activities for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 on the back.

Hurricane Linda Lithograph
This NASA lithograph presents a GOES satellite image of Hurricane Linda as it approached Baja, California on September 12, 1997. A brief explanation of how hurricanes are formed and a classroom exercise is on the back.

Visualizations to See Hurricane Movement

Hurricane Bonnie Dissolving 'Crystal Cathedral'
Fly into Hurricane Bonnie in 3-D to see precipitation as measured by TRMM on August 22, 1998.

Hurricane Floyd Visualization
TRMM's view of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 provides a look at rainfall amounts within the storm. Yellow=0.5 inches-hour, Green=1.0 inches-hour, Red=2.0 inches-hour on rainfall rates. The vertical scale is exaggerated.

Hurricane Frances
Hurricane Frances was the second hurricane to hit Florida during the 2004 hurricane season. This set of images shows the progression of the hurricane as it approached Florida from the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Mitch Visualization
This is a scientific visualization, zoom-in of hurricane Mitch from GOES on 27 October 1998.

Lesson Plans/Teacher Packages

Event-Based Science: Remote-Sensing Activities
Event-Based Science (EBS): Remote-Sensing Activities enable middle school students to use remotely-sensed data- as they tackle the real-world problems and tasks found in existing EBS modules. Remotely-sensed data are employed as an integral part of both the presentation of Earth system science concepts, and in the solutions to real-world problems. These activities emphasize the use of NASA remote-sensing data from satellites and sensors including: Landsat, GOES, and MODIS, and SeaWiFS. The EBS remote-sensing activities enhance EBS modules, including: Blight! Earthquake! Fire! Flood! Hurricane! Oil Spill! and Volcano!

Exploring the Environment
On-line, problem-based modules developed by NASA's Classroom of the Future for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 teachers and students. Modules address events such as volcanoes, hurricanes, dinosaur extinction theories, deforestation, endangered species, and global climate change. The use of NASA remote-sensing images is a feature of the site - along with a tutorial about how to analyze Landsat images with NIH Image.

Operation Montserrat – For Teachers
Produced by the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University, Operation Montserrat is based on a real, historical event. The volcano on the normally tranquil island of Montserrat has come to life. As flaming pebbles and lava begin their devastation, emergency response teams learn a hurricane is approaching. Using real-time hurricane and seismic data, teams of student specialists assist Mission Control, by videoconference or over the Internet, in saving the residents from certain destruction. The Mission package includes teacher training workshops, lesson plans, assessment materials and online support.

Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: Coastal Areas -- What Could a Hurricane do to My Home?
This activity guide for Grades 5-8 explores the potential for global climate change to increase the frequency and intensity of hurricanes and storm surges, and the impacts that could result. Designed to teach through scientific inquiry, the activity seeks to stimulate thought about the long-term impact of a warmer planet. The activity responds to national education standards in the English language arts, geography, social studies, mathematics, and science.

Sedimental Reasons
Visitors to this site can view satellite imagery and read an account of how remote sensing was employed to evaluate the extent of flooding and sediment load in rivers on the coastal plain of North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Floyd in September, 1999. This feature is part of NASA's Earth Observatory, a publication that focuses on Earth's climate and environmental change.

Lesson Plans/Teacher Packages" Classroom Basics About Hurricanes: "A Fierce Force of Nature: Hurricanes"
This web site is great for Elementary and Middle School teachers. It gives the basics of hurricanes from their creation to their dangers. This site comes from the Observatorium which is a public access site for Earth and space data.

Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center