Hurricanes as Heat Engines

In this activity, students examine the effects of hurricanes on sea surface temperature using NASA data. They examine authentic sea surface temperature data to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface.

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Potentially, user could examine other hurricanes during that time frame to see if there are similar effects.

Educator should go through this entire exercise before introducing it to their students, as a good knowledge of the material and familiarity with the LAS (Live Action Server) will be helpful when questions arise.

Although NASA categorizes this lesson as being appropriate for grades 6-12, it would need substantial scaffolding in order to be understood in a middle school class and is most appropriate for high school students.