Analyzing Hurricanes Using Web and Desktop GIS

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/analyzing-hurricanes-using-web-and-desktop-gis
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Esri
Publication Date:2007
Summary:Hurricanes are among the most common and most destructive types of natural hazards on Earth. Because they occur across space and time, hurricanes can be better understood using maps, particularly digital maps within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) environment. GIS allows you to use maps as analytical tools—not maps that someone else has made—but using your own maps to make decisions. Students use GIS mapping to create maps. When looking at hurricane patterns, the students can discuss why hurricanes move in certain directions, and which don't fit that profile. Using the GIS maps, students can also measure hurricane wind speeds, direction of movement, and rate of movement.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.D; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-4; HS-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: atmosphere; earth science week; environment; hurricane; maps; severe weather; weather; weather hazards
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