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Special Topics: Weather

The Climate Factor
Climate affects all of our lives every day. It determines our forms of shelter, clothing and the food we eat. This video analyzes its impact upon the world population. In the past, climate changes caused whole populations to move and as scientists surmise, were responsible for the disappearance of the dinosaur. Trace the geological changes the Earth has undergone in the past 100 million years. [color, 25 minutes] $29.95 ST0010

earth’s future climate
Dr. James Kasting, NASA Ames Research Center, discusses how Earth’s carbon dioxide cycle may lead to a “greenhouse” effect on Earth. [color, 27 minutes] $29.95 ST0065

earth’s air
Joel Levine, NASA Langley Research Center, talks about the Earth’s atmosphere, its composition, and how it has changed over geologic time. [color, 27 minutes] $29.95 ST0064
Hurricane Alicia is shown as it was tracked from its beginnings in the Gulf of Mexico to its violent and deadly landfall at Galveston, Texas in August, 1983. Using the sights and sounds of Hurricane Alicia this documentary examines the impact of hurricanes on the people who forecast them, those who work to minimize the loss from hurricanes, and those who aid in recovery efforts. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0011

Night of the Sun
Shows the sites in the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve and the ecological and environmental significance of the Wisconsin glaciation period by using specific examples found within the designated sites. [color, 20 minutes] $29.95 ST0003

Great Sand Dunes, The
Geology in motion…the desert winds carry and drop the sand in a smooth, mystifying procession of nature. This video takes the student to the peaceful yet ever-changing Great Sand Dunes in Colorado - some reaching an amazing 700 feet in height. You’ll learn about saltation - the formation of rippled sand patterns - and travel paths explored by Zebulon Pike. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0007
Weather just does not happen; it is caused. This film describes all three weather scales—the microphysical (tiny particles), middle (front and cells), and global (layers of atmosphere)—that are interrelated in a total system. One of the benefits of the Space Shuttle is the opportunity to test these conditions in zero-g. In addition the solar wind can be observed and tested from a more advantageous position. [color, 14 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0075

Shows how NASA’s weather scientists, in cooperation with other agencies, use aircraft and satellites to gather meteorological data. The film depicts how recent advances, particularly in computer technology, have improved weather analysis and prediction. Also contains unusual footage of tornado formation, as well as actual shots of its awesome force. [color, 14 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0076

The video discusses how Landsat’s remote sensing capabilities can aid in resolving environmental quality problems. The satellite can locate and monitor strip-mining operations to facilitate land reclamation programs. The satellite helps solve some meteorological mysteries by tracking the path of airborne pollution. It can also monitor the course of industrial wastes and garbage dumped into our lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. [color, 16 minutes] $29.95 ST0152
Explores how Landsat’s remote sensing capabilities help resolve water resource problems. The satellite is providing information to hydrologists about snowfall in the mountains, enabling them to estimate the basic water supply available. Landsat helps control floods, by monitoring flood plains and by mapping snow packs and potentially dangerous manmade lakes. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0153
This video dramatically shows how various moisture conditions can contribute to flooding and the disastrous results which can follow. Ground saturation, melting snow and precipitation are among the factors considered. It illustrates how new advances made by NASA in the field of Earth resources technology through remote sensing satellite devices can help locate potential flood areas and provide more accurate predictions and early warning. [color, 14 minutes] $29.95 ST0154

This video dramatically discusses and explains the weather conditions which lead to the formation of tornadoes. Emphasis is placed on the movements of air currents and the disastrous results which may follow. It shows how NASA weather satellites are used to monitor and collect data on weather conditions and cloud formation to enable us to make more precise predictions and give early warning of impending disaster. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0157

The video presents the gripping story of the plight of an commercial fishing vessel caught in the path of a “killer” hurricane. The video dramatically shows the birth of “Mimi” off the coast of Africa, carefully tracing its growth and development as it eventually brings destruction to the central Atlantic states. These events are powerfully portrayed against the successful efforts of the crew of the dagger “Dante” to escape by navigating around the center of the storm with the aid of modern technology, ship-to-shore communications and early-warning-weather satellites monitoring the “Hurricane Below.” [color, 14 minutes] $29.95 ST0158

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