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Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center


Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center


During the 2005 hurricane season the gulf coast experienced one of the worst storms in over 90 years. New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast suffered a great deal of damage. Here in Mobile Alabama we were much more fortunate, however we did have our share of problems. The storm surge flooded much of the downtown area. This video lets you see what happened from the Exploreum’s perspective.

Length: 03:10

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (6)
1. Identify global patterns of atmospheric movement, including El Niño, the Gulf Stream, the jet stream, the Coriolis effect, and global winds that influence local weather.
  • Predicting local weather and weather patterns
  • Examples: cold and warm fronts, high and low pressure areas
  • Describing the function of instruments and technology used to investigate Earth's weather, including barometers, thermometers, wind socks, weather vanes, satellites, radar, weather balloons, and rain gauges
  • Using lines of latitude and longitude to locate areas of specific weather events
  • Interpreting weather data through observations collected over time
  • Example: calculating annual precipitation and average temperature
    SC (9-12) Earth and Space Elective
    2. Describe effects on weather of energy transfer within and among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere.
  • Describing the energy transfer related to condensation in clouds, precipitation, winds, and ocean currents
  • Describing characteristics of the El Niño and La Niña phenomena
  • Using data to analyze global weather patterns
  • Examples: temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction
    SC2015 (9-12) Earth and Space Science
    15. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to verify that weather (e.g., temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, dew point, adiabatic cooling, condensation, precipitation, winds, ocean currents, barometric pressure, wind velocity) is influenced by energy transfer within and among the atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere.
    a. Analyze patterns in weather data to predict various systems, including fronts and severe storms.
    b. Use maps and other visualizations to analyze large data sets that illustrate the frequency, magnitude, and resulting damage from severe weather events in order to predict the likelihood and severity of future events.
    SC2015 (9-12) Environmental Science
    4. Engage in argument from evidence to evaluate how biological or physical changes within ecosystems (e.g., ecological succession, seasonal flooding, volcanic eruptions) affect the number and types of organisms, and that changing conditions may result in a new or altered ecosystem.


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