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OLYMPEX Resources

Created by Kristen Weaver Last updated 10/1/2015

Resources useful to teachers who wish to involve their students in GPM's OLYMPEX Field Campaign which will take place November 2015 through February 2016.

  • OLYMPEX Field Campaign | Precipitation Measurement Missions

    The NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a satellite with a dual frequency (Ka and Ku band) radar and passive microwave sensors (10-183 GHz frequencies) for measuring precipitation over the Earth. One of the most comprehensive ground validation field campaigns for GPM will be held from November 2015 through February 2016 on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The primary goal of this campaign, called OLYMPEX, is to validate rain and snow measurements in mid-latitude frontal systems moving from ocean to coast to mountains and to determine how remotely sensed measurements of precipitation by GPM can be applied to a range of hydrologic, weather forecasting and climate data.
  • For Good Measure Video

    This short video (2:01) uses an engaging approach to emphasize the importance of tracking and studying precipitation. The video cast explains how the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission will use a constellation of satellites to achieve global coverage, thereby providing scientists with accurate precipitation data from around the world. In addition to the video, the site contains supplemental text which provides background information on the GPM mission.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/M2, 4B/M7
  • Measuring Precipitation

    Students will design, build and then test a rain gauge to measure precipitation. By sharing their results, they will recognize the need for standardization and precision in scientific tools. All background information, student worksheets and images/photographs/data are included in these downloadable sections: Teacher’s Guide, Student Capture Sheet and PowerPoint Presentation. This activity uses the 5E instructional model and is part of the Survivor Earth series of one-hour lessons.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/M2, 4B/M7
  • Weather & Climate iQuest

    This IQuest allows students to explore weather and climate concepts through a tour of related websites and videos. Students will examine NASA's role in both gathering weather and climate data and monitoring the changes to each that are occurring globally. Links to specific sites- along with accompanying worksheets- are included.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/M2, 4B/M14
  • Geographical Influences on Climate

    In this lesson students use climatograms from different U.S. locations to observe patterns in temperature and precipitation. After describing geographical features near these locations, they will use graphs to compare and find patterns in the effects that mountains, oceans, elevation, and latitude have on temperature and precipitation. A research activity will then ask students to gather information on temperature and precipitation patterns around the world using the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server and other sources, with the goal of creating their own climatogram. This lesson uses the 5E instructional model.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/M9, 4B/M14
  • S'COOL Lesson: Comparing the Amount of Rainfall in Different Geographic Areas

    In this lesson, students construct a rain gauge, collect and graph precipitation data, specifically the amount of rainfall at a locality, then compare their findings with other students' data.The resource includes teaching notes, a vocabulary list linked to a glossary, and a student record sheet. This activity is related to the NASA CERES Students Cloud Observations Online (S'COOL) project.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 1B/E1
  • Water Falls: Show Me the Water

    A short video explaining the breakdown of freshwater in relative percentages by location and usage.
  • Water Falls: Getting the Big Picture

    A short video the explores the uses and advantages of remote sensing.
  • Rain Gauge Activity

    In this activity, students face an engineering challenge based on real-world applications. They are tasked with developing a tool they can use to measure the amount of rain that falls each day. Students will find out why freshwater is important, learn about the water cycle, and the need to have a standard form of calibration for measurement tools. They will learn that keeping track of precipitation is important, and learn a little bit about how NASA's GPM satellite measures precipitation from space. This lesson uses the 5-E instructional model.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/E3, 3A/M2, 4B/E3, 4B/M7
  • CoCoRaHS - Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network

    CoCoRaHS is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. The only requirements to join are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact our lives.
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    The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program.
  • GPM Satellite Partnership Page on GLOBE

    A website with information about the past student precipitation field campaign with GLOBE, as well as links to blogs and webinars from that campaign.
  • Olympic National Park Weather Summary

    The OLYMPEX campaign will take place in an interesting place weather-wise. This document describes the typical weather pattern in the area (from the National Park Service.)