Jump to this Video »
Why Does Satellite Climate Data Matter?
http://www.climate.gov/news-features/videos/tell-me-why-satellite-climate-data-matter

Jeff Privette, NOAA

In this video, a spokesperson for the National Climactic Data Center describes the methods of using satellites (originally designed for observing changes in the weather) to study changes in climate from decade to decade. The video clearly illustrates the value of satellite data and begins to address connections between weather and climate.

Video length is 2:24 min.

Discuss this Resource»
Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Environmental observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system. From the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the Sun, instruments on weather stations, buoys, satellites, and other platforms collect climate data. To learn about past climates, scientists use natural records, such as tree rings, ice cores, and sedimentary layers. Historical observations, such as native knowledge and personal journals, also document past climate change.
About Teaching Principle 5
Other materials addressing 5b

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
Learn more about the Benchmarks

Scientific investigations usually involve the collection of relevant data, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses and explanations to make sense of the collected data.
Explore the map of concepts related to this benchmark

Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Video could be used as an introduction piece on a weather or climate-change unit.
  • Educator might also use this video when explaining the use of technology in science, and how it is created to supply better data to make more informed observations and decisions.

About the Science

  • Video describes the challenges of using satellites that people designed for observing changes in the weather from day to day, to study changes in climate from decade to decade.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This small video informs us about the importance of satellite data, not just for weather forecast but also its valuable role in climate studies for providing future climate projections.

About the Pedagogy

  • A downloadable transcript is provided along with scrolling text
  • Uses cameras as an analogue for improvements in satellite technology.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video cannot be downloaded and must be watched on projector or desktop computer.
  • Well-done video.

Jump to this Video »



Have you used these materials with your students? Do you have insights to share with other educators about their use? Please share with the community by adding a comment below.

Please use this space only for discussion about teaching with these particular materials.
For more general discussion about teaching climate literacy please use our general discussion boards.
To report a problem or direct a comment to the CLEAN project team please use our feedback form (or the feedback link at the bottom of every page).
Off-topic posts will be deleted.

Join the Discussion


Log in to reply