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Clouds, thunderstorms and climate change

Fly into a massive thunderstorm with pilots and scientists as they study how global warming could affect storms. Learn how changes in ice clouds due to climate change could provide clues to future weather patterns. See scientists capture data on the beginning of an unusual cyclone. This excerpt is from a documentary on ...

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Surviving the extremes

What would you do if a natural disaster was heading for you? Would you panic? Dr Jonica Newby and the Catalyst team stage two disaster scenarios and throw them at two Australian families who know only that a disaster of some kind is coming. How will they cope? And how would you?

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Geoengineering - a solution to climate change?

What is geoengineering, and how is it being investigated by scientists as a means of combating climate change? Learn about some climate control techniques that could slow down or even reverse the effects of global warming. Hear an atmospheric physicist explain the pros and cons of geoengineering techniques.

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Seeding clouds to make rain and snow

Imagine if we could control the weather. Find out how scientists are already at work making clouds rain when and where they want. It's called cloud seeding. Watch this clip to understand how cloud seeding works, and where it is being used in Australia.

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Cyclone Yasi

Imagine your house being battered by 285 km per hour winds! That is what happened when Cyclone Yasi, a category 5 cyclone, hit far north Queensland in 2011. Watch this clip showing Yasi unleashing its fury. Find out about how the locals prepared themselves, and what they found in the aftermath.

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Super cyclones in Queensland, 2001

Far North Queensland is accustomed to tropical cyclones but what about super cyclones? Watch this clip to find out how often super cyclones occur, what kind of damage they cause and when the next one is expected. Discover how coral reveals the history of Queensland's cyclones.

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Life on our ever-changing creek

Imagine if you lived near a creek and it began to rain heavily. What might be the possible consequences of rising water levels?  How might you go about preparing to deal with it? How did the family in this video deal with a bridge getting destroyed?

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Tropical cyclones

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page about tropical cyclones. The resource explains what tropical cyclones are and includes a diagram showing the parts of Australia where they occur, indicating which months of the year each region is affected. It describes the impact of tropical cyclones on Australia, using Tropical ...

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Modelling tropical cyclones

This teacher resource is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page containing a lesson plan on modelling tropical cyclones. The resource clearly sets out lesson objectives and provides detailed notes about the outcomes expected. It includes a link to in-depth background material on a tropical cyclone's life cycle and development ...

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Check out these weird clouds

Clouds nearly 100 km above Earth's surface? That's weird! Join Mark Horstman in Antarctica to explore noctilucent clouds and the LIDAR technology used to measure temperature in the upper atmosphere. Discover how this top-down study of the atmosphere is providing fresh knowledge about climate change.

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Selling Climate Change

This learning sequence explores the topic of climate change and the Asia region. Students analyse how information about climate change is conveyed using various persuasive approaches.

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Snow drifts and hikers at the Great Dividing Range, c1900

This is a full silver gelatin plate glass negative called 'Snow drifts, the Main Divide, Kosciusko' taken by the Australian photographic studio Kerry and Co, Sydney, at some time between 1884 and 1917. The negative shows snow on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range near the summit of Kosciuszko. A group of hikers in the ...

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'Working together to save water' booklet, 2003

This illustrated 18-page booklet promotes water conservation. It was published in October 2003 by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. On the blue-and-white cover, the title of the booklet, 'Working together to save water', is set against a background design of water rippling. At the bottom right ...

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Carbon dioxide and the oceans

This is a colour video clip describing how carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are increasing global temperatures and causing acidification of the oceans. It features two New Zealand scientists, hydrologist Dr Dave Campbell of the University of Waikato, who talks about atmospheric water vapour, and ...

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Cyclone track data of Australia - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map showing the location and tracks of tropical cyclones across Australia between 1914 and 2006. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore the map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area and distance, and ...

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Interactive weather and wave forecast maps

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page providing weather and wave forecasts for up to seven days displayed as a computer-generated map. The wide range of options available via drop-down menus includes the type of weather or wave information to be displayed, level (altitude), area (region), time zone and period (duration). ...

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Natural disasters

This is a teaching and learning resource containing teacher resources, student activities and worksheets on Earth science topics including natural disasters and geology. The teacher resources include five pages of links to Earth science related websites. The collection of student activities covers a range of topics and ...

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Extreme weather

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource describes the impacts of extreme weather on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), highlighting the impacts of flood plumes and cyclones that affected the GBR over the 2010 – 2011 summer, with a link to a GBRMPA report about the impacts of tropical cyclone Yasi. The ...

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Disaster preparedness

This is a compilation of four teaching sequences about disasters and disaster preparation. It includes sections on types of disasters; their effects on people and the environment; disaster preparation; earthquake preparedness in Indonesia; emergency response; disaster recovery and the causes and consequences of disasters. ...

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Thinning ice sheet

Discover that that the massive ice sheet in East Antarctica has been losing mass since 2006 instead of growing, as was previously thought. Watch animations to see how scientists from NASA and Australia are using satellite technology and aerial monitoring to investigate the thickness of East Antarctica's ice sheet. Find ...