Memo to Emergency Response Teams
From: Mission Control
Subject: Your Task
Attention, Emergency Response Teams.
Meteorologists from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association
are predicting that this hurricane season will be busier than
most. They are telling us that 14 hurricanes are expected to
move through the Caribbean region within the next few months.
You must prepare for such an event.
As you monitor the progress of this
storm, you will investigate the dangers faced by the people
of Puerto Rico during e-Mission: Hurricane Georges. Use your
knowledge of Earth system science to analyze the impact of Hurricane
Georges. Compare the Earth system science analysis you do to
the analyses you carried out for Mt. Pinatubo and the Yellowstone
Fires. Throughout this week, each team member should focus on
his or her area of investigation.
The people of Montserrat need our advice and help. Late last
week, meteorologists tracked a typical, seasonal, weather system
off the coast of Africa as it developed into Tropical Storm
Bob. It was about 1300 km. east of the Leeward Islands. At that
time, its maximum sustained winds were measured at only 72 kilometers
per hour (kph). Bob was moving slowly westward at 8 kph. The
rain bands and winds extended 240 km from Bob's center. Could
the storm threaten Montserrat?
On mission day, you will be able to track the progress of Tropical
Storm Bob using data from the Low Earth Orbiting satellite.
Using this information, you will analyze the path and estimated
time of arrival (ETA) of the storm. Follow the Hurricane Tracking
Instructions to learn how to track a storm. You will use maps,
mathematical calculations, and data to help you predict if Tropical
Storm Bob will hit the island. The people of Montserrat need
as much advance warning as possible. They may need to evacuate
their shoreline homes.
Teamwork has gotten you this far. Keep your team's guidelines
in mind and work together to complete these tasks. The Hurricane
Georges Analysis questions require that you share information.
You will also use your team's rubric to assess your teamwork
skills. All your work will prepare you for Mission Day.
Here is a summary of your e-Mission tasks at t-minus 2 weeks:
- Study how hurricanes work and how to predict danger.
- Practice analyzing storm tracking data to prepare for the
transmission of real-time data on mission day.
- As quickly as you can, master the basic concepts regarding
hurricanes by studying Hurricane Georges. Focus on your investigation
assignment: "How is your sphere affected by a hurricane?"
- Use the knowledge you gained from the Yellowstone fires
and Mt. Pinatubo to analyze Hurricane Georges and the potential
impact of Tropical Storm Bob on Montserrat.
- Use your team's rubric to evaluate your team.