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How do clouds form? How are clouds affected by (and how do they affect) climate change? Students create a cloud in the classroom, and then investigate climate models and real-time cloud observation data.
MIT Climate Portal
up to 2 hours
The podcast portion can be assigned as outside-of-class listening.
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.
- Because it has been tested, scientific knowledge is reliable. (NOS3)
- Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence. (P6, NOS2)
- Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observational research, comparative research, and modeling) to collect data. (P2, P3, P4, NOS1)
- Scientists look for patterns in their observations and data. (P4, P5, NOS2)
- Scientific knowledge informs public policies and regulations that promote our health, safety, and environmental stewardship.