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Hurricanes and Climate - Windows to the Universe

Lesson Plan 

Students use maps and data to learn about the connections between hurricanes and climate, including regional climate conditions, where hurricanes form and how global climate change may be affecting hurricanes.

Concept: Water cycle
The ocean plays a major role in the water cycle, which drives changes in weather and climate.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Energy in the earth system

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Natural and hum-induced hazards

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 3. The ocean is major influence on weather and climate (concept b, d)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 8 The Nature of Water 8-4; Chapter 10 Air-Sea Interaction 10:2-8, 10:22-24