Earth Science
Lightning
Lightning
There are over twenty-five million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes strike in the U.S. every year. Meteorologists use a combination of math and science to track when and where they will strike.
Running time 02:07 minutes
Predicting the Weather
Predicting the Weather
From tornados to hurricanes and thunderstorms to climate change, these nine scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are using math and science to better understand and predict severe weather systems.
Running time 05:20 minutes
The Salt Marsh Ecosystem
The Salt Marsh Ecosystem
The Salt Marsh Ecosystem serve many important functions. They buffer stormy seas, slow shoreline erosion, and provide vital food and habitat for sea life, as well as offering shelter and nesting sites for several species of migratory birds.
Running time 02:21 minutes
Tornado Chase
Tornado Chase
With an average energy of roughly 1 million pounds of TNT, tornados are one of nature’s most powerful phenomena. And while atmospheric scientists know a great deal about tornados, such as the conditions in which they are most likely to form, no one yet un
Running time 02:45 minutes
Types of Oceanography
Types of Oceanography
From physical oceanographers who study tides and waves to marine geologists who study undersea rock formations, there are many fields of science which seek a better understanding of the Earth’s oceans.
Running time 01:04 minutes
Understanding Hurricanes
Understanding Hurricanes
Scientist Kevin Petty, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, studies hurricanes. He is helping to improve hurricane forecasts and warnings by learning how to better predict the intensity and duration of hurricanes.
Running time 02:41 minutes
Earthquake Engineering
Earthquake Engineering
When world renowned architect Rafael Vinoli proposed a radical design for the University of California, he set in motion a collaboration between architects and engineers who would use math, physics and innovation to build one of the most unique buildings.
Running time 7:26 minutes
Understanding Earthquakes
Understanding Earthquakes
Every day there are small earthquakes somewhere in the world. Geophysicist Brad Aagart keeps track. He and his colleagues develop seismic hazard maps. His tools? Math, science and a vast array of new technology.
Running time 6:03 minutes
Life Under the Ocean
Life Under the Ocean
A marine biologist studies the jellyfish-like animals living at 3,000 feet below the surface, where it is cold, dark and quiet. Featured: George Matsumoto, marine biologist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Running time 3:19 minutes

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