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Author

NASA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Videos, 4 minutes, 39 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

How NASA Satellites Help Model the Future of Climate

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Synopsis
  • In this video, climate scientists demonstrate the importance of NASA satellites in improving climate models to predict and record various aspects of climate variables.
  • Students learn about the importance of developing those climate models to observe how the Earth system works.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Various climate scientists explain how predictions related to climate variables (such as fire seasons, rainfall patterns, and hurricanes) can be observed and predicted as climate models are improved by data from satellites.
  • This video includes satellite images to help understand the content.
  • Students will get a clear idea of the importance of NASA's work in launching satellites and coordinating missions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to be familiar with satellites imagery and data.
  • The teacher may need to wait through a commercial to view the video on YouTube. 

Differentiation

  • The teacher could pause the video on each scientists' intervention and discuss their content.
  • Students could analyze satellite images from around the world to identify various aspects of climate variables.
  • Other recommended resources include this article about NASA satellites and this StC lesson plan.
Scientist Notes
This resource explains how climate scientists are using satellites to improve climate models. As climate models improve, the ability to accurately predict the climate in the future improves as well. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS2-7 Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
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