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ERIC Number: EJ1064476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
School Science Inspired by Improving Weather Forecasts
Reid, Heather; Renfrew, Ian A.; Vaughan, Geraint
Education in Science, n255 p18 Feb 2014
High winds and heavy rain are regular features of the British weather, and forecasting these events accurately is a major priority for the Met Office and other forecast providers. This is the challenge facing DIAMET, a project involving university groups from Manchester, Leeds, Reading, and East Anglia, together with the Met Office. DIAMET is part of the Natural Environment Research Council's Storm Risk Mitigation research programme. The scientists have used a research aircraft to fly directly into storms and collect observations, producing detailed measurements of the temperature, humidity, and wind distribution, as well as the cloud particles. Together with ground-based radar and satellite measurements, this provides a powerful insight into exactly what is happening inside the storms. This major research project on storms also provides an excellent opportunity for school science engagement. The project has produced two educational videos that look at ways in which scientists are striving to improve our understanding of how the atmosphere works and behaves. Both videos feature interviews with DIAMET scientists, graphics, and to-camera explanations. There is also an opportunity for pupils to investigate some of the DIAMET data sets, plot graphs, and draw conclusions about the meteorological conditions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom