NESTA invites classrooms, teachers and pre-service teachers to join our data exploration to help scientists solve the climate cloud conundrum, a project packed with alliterations. During the month of April, NESTA members will host a community science project that brings engaged learners together to investigate the sky above by simply collecting cloud data. This data, while simple, is both an important source of community-generated scientific information, as well as the foundation for a student exploration to describe Earth system connections, which includes exploring the coastal impacts of climate change. (A quandary of coastal consequences connected to cloudy skies )
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NASA scientists are very interested in understanding how changes in the amount and type of cloud cover will impact Earth's energy budget. NASA & NOAA satellites observe clouds from above. This community science project asks each participant to help confirm or challenge the satellite information and therefore, better describe and predict the amount and types of cloud coverage over local regions. Let's bring our classrooms together to help the scientific community better describe local cloud coverage; explore and understand the impact on Earth's climate and enjoy the camaraderie of scientific exploration.
This project ultimately challenges students to explore the connections between their local cloud coverage and changes in the global climate system. Through scientific investigation, students discover how they are connected not only to our Earth systems, but also to each other and distant geographical regions.