Meteorology, once the simple study of atmospheric events ... Storms ... hurricanes ... tornadoes ... And temperature changes, has grown in the 21st century to include such disciplines as atmospheric chemistry and physics, climatology and global warming.
This program presents the principles of atmospheric dynamics. The Earth's atmosphere is a dynamic balance of gases and sunlight that allows for the possibility of life. The Earth's atmosphere has a unique composition, structure and life sustaining Bio/Geo/Chemical cycles in its lower reaches. The program also shows how these atmospheric elements are being impacted by the unprecedented burning of fossil fuels.
- Atmospheres in the Solar System - There are a variety of atmospheres on the planets in our solar system but only one that is conducive to life
- Composition of Earth's Atmosphere - Earth's atmosphere is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, a small amount of argon and greenhouse gases
- Structure of the Earth's Atmosphere - The structure of the Earth's atmosphere is divided into distinctive layers: troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere and thermosphere
- Atmosphere and Solar Radiation - This chapter shows how the different kinds of solar radiation interact with each of Earth's atmospheric layers, producing their individual temperature ranges
- Atmospheric Conduction and Convection - The atmosphere moves heat around by conduction and convection
- Atmospheric Balancing - The Earth's atmosphere is a self-regulating system that produces the conditions that are conducive to life in the lower troposphere
- Hydrological Cycle - All weather takes place in the lower atmosphere. The most recognizable component of weather takes place as part of the hydrological cycle
- Carbon Cycle - The carbon cycle has become critical in understanding global warming or climate change
- The Atmosphere and Climate Change - The addition of man-produced carbon dioxide in the lower atmosphere is changing the composition and structure of the atmosphere along with the Bio/Geo/Chemical cycles operating in the lower atmosphere, leading to the possibility of catastrophic impacts
Educational Science DVD extras: Teacher's Guide, Blackline Master Quiz & MORE.
Closed Captioned and Spanish Subtitled.
Clip Length: 1 minute 57 seconds
"These films explore meteorology from three interrelated aspects, providing a thorough understanding of what meteorology is, how it works, and its impact on our daily lives. Each DVD offers the testimony of chemists, physicists, and climatologists as well as archival footage and animated graphics that illustrate the basic principals of this evolving field. These pictorial representations allow the rather complex subject to be understood by a wide range of viewers. The formatting of the content for the entire series is well suited for classroom instruction, as each segment is divided into concise chapters. Clear connections are made between current meteorological phenomena and human influence. Through an exploration of the delicate and mutable balance of gases and sunlight that create Earth's conditions, a true sense of how humanity impacts this life-sustaining cycle is established and underscored. Quizzes are provided in PDF format at ambrosevideo.com. Middle and high school science and ecology classes will benefit from this series."- School and Library Journal