The Science behind Natural Disasters
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Exploring the science and scientists behind natural disasters.
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Chasing Tornadoes, Tornado Alley, Storm Chasing - National Geographic

Chasing Tornadoes, Tornado Alley, Storm Chasing - National Geographic | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Stalking the funnel clouds that rip through America's heartland, a National Geographic team gets in close for a terrifying look at the workings of the deadly storms.
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An interesting look into the lives of 'storm-chasers', the scientists who are trying to solve one of meteorolgy's biggest mysteries - how do tornados form?

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NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Satellites

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Satellites | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
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Find out exactly just how much satellites tell us about our world!

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ZOOM . activities . sci . Seismometer | PBS Kids

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Instructions on making a seismometer to measure movement.

 

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Doppler Radar (Online Tornado FAQ)

Doppler Radar (Online Tornado FAQ) | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
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Doppler Radars can sometimes measure tornados if they happen to be in the right spot. Otherwise tornados are usually measured by the amount of destruction they leave behind.

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Make and Use a Wind Vane to determine Wind Direction

Make and Use a Wind Vane to determine Wind Direction | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Weather Scope: An Investigative Study of Weather and Climate
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Instructions for making a very simple wind vane. How could you make this more sturdy?

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Make your own weather instruments -- Boys' Life magazine

Make your own weather instruments -- Boys' Life magazine | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Work toward your Weather merit badge by completing these weather-related projects.
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This Boy Scouts website has handy instructions for making a weather vane, anemometer and a rain gauge. How might you modify these/ change the design to be suitable to building in the classroom?

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Big Idea 8: Natural Hazards Affect Humans

Watch how natural hazards occur, how they affect our lives and what we can do to prepare for and mitigate their effects.
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This whole series of GeoScience videos are easy to watch and very informative. This one in particular talks about natural hazards/disasters and their affects on our lives.

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Natural Disasters & Weather -- National Geographic

Natural Disasters & Weather -- National Geographic | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Natural disasters facts, pictures, quizzes, video from National Geographic
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National Geographic has loads of amazing pictures, videos and information on Natural Disasters of all types.

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The science of predicting the weather

If you've ever wondered how forecasters can predict the precise temperature days ahead of time with amazing accuracy, James Tobin goes behind the scenes to f...
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Sunrise chats to a meteorologist about how weather is predicted and how that helps us to respond to natural disasters more efficiently.

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Top 10 Natural Disasters : Science Channel

Top 10 Natural Disasters : Science Channel | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Do you know what the top 10 natural disasters are? See this list to learn about the top 10 natural disasters.
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A listing of the 10 most powerful natural disasters on earth from Pompeii in 79 A.D to the 2004 Tsunami.

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Hurricane Hunters Association

Hurricane Hunters Association | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Hurricane Hunters Home Page
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Heaps of information on Hurricane Hunters, including how they collect and send back data from hurricanes using dropsondes.

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HowStuffWorks "How does a seismograph work? What is the Richter scale?"

HowStuffWorks "How does a seismograph work? What is the Richter scale?" | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
How does a seismograph work? What is the Richter scale?
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Information on the seismometer and the Richter scale.

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Public Awareness: satellites and hurricane hunters

Public Awareness: satellites and hurricane hunters | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
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Hurricane hunters are planes that fly into the hurricane/cyclone and collect data from inside the hurricane, which is then relayed back to disaster prediction centre for analysis.

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Deep Ocean Tsunami Detection Buoys

Deep Ocean Tsunami Detection Buoys | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) utilises national capacity where available to provide notification and verification of earthquakes that may generate tsunamis.
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Deep-ocean tsunami buoys are used to monitor the oceans along fault lines. They are a critical part of a tsunami warning system.

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Make and Use a Barometer to measure Air Pressure

Make and Use a Barometer to measure Air Pressure | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Weather Scope: An Investigative Study of Weather and Climate
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Step by step instructions on making a barometer to measure air pressure.

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Franklin's Forecast - Make Your Own!

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Make your own weather station! Instructions on how to make a weather vane, anemometer, rain gauge, hygrometer, barometer and more!

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2011: A year of natural disasters

From tsunamis to tornadoes, from droughts to floods, 2011 was a particularly nasty year for natural disasters. While some parts of the globe were flooded by ...
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A look at the natural disasters around the world in 2011, a La Nina year, where trade wins blowing westwards become very strong. The warm surface water of the Pacific Ocean is forced westwards, leading to storms and much heavier rainfall over the Western Pacfic Ocean.

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ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster News

ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster News | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Natural Disaster News and Research. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis and other natural disasters. Research past events, review predictions by scientists and learn how disaster relief can be most effective.
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News on the latest advancements in Science Technology in relation to natural disasters and weather.

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BBC Earth - Natural Disasters - facts, videos & pictures

BBC Earth - Natural Disasters - facts, videos & pictures | The Science behind Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Watch BBC video clips that delve into and explain the science behind different types of natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
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Watch videos on Avalanches, Earthquakes, Bush Fires, Hurricanes, Volcanoes, Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Floods and Landslides.

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