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Why Does 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.

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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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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.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

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