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This video describes the tropical Monsoon weather pattern using global imagery of clouds, precipitation and fires visible from space. When land heats up during summer (June - September in the Northern Hemisphere), the winds change direction and blow... (View More) from the ocean, bringing a large-scale sea breeze and rain over land. While Monsoon generally refers to the rainy phase of the pattern, there is also a dry phase. ClimateBits videos are designed for Science On a Sphere (SOS) and also available on YouTube. Links are provided to more information for this topic from the main ClimateBits website (see related & supplemental resources). (View Less)
This poster shows a series of 10 Landsat image pairs from a variety of locations around the world showing change over time. The images show results from natural and human-induced change. The back of the poster highlights the Landsat mission, the... (View More) connection of Landsat data to our geoheritage, a description of the AmericaView program and its Earth Observation Day program, and a matching game activity to discover types of land cover changes. See Related & Supplemental Resources for additional Landsat image change pairs from Earthshots. (View Less)
Fresh water resources- their quantity, location and distribution- are briefly discussed in this two-page article. The article can be used as a "reading to be informed" activity in a stand-alone fashion or can be incorporated into a lesson plan.
The Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) collects rain, snow and other precipitation data worldwide every three hours. This short (4:17 minute) video introduces learners to the role of GPM and it's partner satellites in gathering precipitation data... (View More) and the role of Goddard's Precipitation Processing System (PPS) in compiling that data into unified global data sets. (View Less)
Derived from the Science on a Sphere film entitled "Water Falls," this short (2:50) video presents basic information on the percentage, allocation, and distribution of Earth's usable water.
Images from NASA satellites showing atmospheric phenomena such as cyclones, hurricanes, high/low pressures, clouds and the jet stream are featured in this 10-minute planetarium show.
This Science On a Sphere video and docent show (script and playlist), explores factors that render Earth habitable and influence Earth's energy budget. The video gives an overview of NASA's Search for "Goldilocks Planets" - planets that are not too... (View More) hot or too cold for liquid water. (View Less)
Designed for Science On a Sphere, this video explains the ozone hole over Antarctica - the annual thinning of stratospheric ozone caused by manufactured chemicals. 25 years after the Montreal Protocol limited the use of ozone depleting chemicals,... (View More) scientists are starting to see signs of recovery. ClimateBits videos are designed for Science On a Sphere (SOS) and also available on YouTube. Links are provided to more information for this topic from the main ClimateBits website (see related & supplemental resources). (View Less)
This video explains air quality and specifically describes Earth's air pollution seen from space by satellites. As the world's largest environmental health risk, air pollution is important to understand, monitor, and reduce. Over the past 10 years,... (View More) air pollution has reached epic levels in some places in the world, even as air quality has improved in other places. ClimateBits videos are designed for Science On a Sphere (SOS) and also available on YouTube. Links are provided to more information for this topic from the main ClimateBits website (see related & supplemental resources). (View Less)