The students' adventure begins weeks before Mission Day. After forming an Emergency Response Team (ERT), teams begin their preparation work.
What to tell your students:
e-Mission Headquarters is often asked by foreign governments and other international organisations to provide scientific expertise. To do this Mission Control partners with groups of people serving as emergency response teams (ERTs). The people in each ERT must learn about Earth's systems. Under pressure, they must be able to work with each other and with people from other ERTs. Using special monitoring equipment, like the Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellite, Mission Control works hand-in-hand with various agencies, such as The National Space Centre, European Space Agency or the MET Office, to measure what is happening on Earth. Emergency Response Teams study these measurements and provide valuable advice to people in danger.
During each mission, Mission Control coordinates incoming data from sites and satellites around the globe. Members of Emergency Response Teams will work as scientists to interpret the data and make emergency recommendations.
Before you start to prepare using the practice data:
Mission Control has asked your Emergency Response Team for help. You have a mission scheduled for a "September 4, 1996" date.
An island in the Caribbean called Montserrat has been experiencing volcanic tremors and ash clouds. Scientists believe the volcano could erupt any day. It is also hurricane season and the Island is thought to be at risk.Your team must be ready for operations soon incase there are any problems.
As you start the preparation and practice data:
Students can prepare together all doing the same tasks at once, or you can rotate the preparation tasks through the teams. It is important that students do not just do the preparation for their own team. They do need to know what other teams are doing during the mission. The preparation/practice tasks can be done in as little as three sessions (four if you use the Satellite Team) each less than 1 hour.
Students must be prepared and fully trainined to analyse the data quickly because the situation could be critical. For preparation, you and your students must study volcanoes and what they might do to the island. Your students also need to study the dangers and behaviours of hurricanes and what effects they might have on Montserrat's population. You can use a past example of a hurricane and a volcanic erruption to train for the possible event. Your Emergency Response Team need to know about the population of the island and the location of the towns where people live.They may also need to be able to maintain satellite coverage over the Island to ensure that the data keeps flowing.
Team practice files can also found on the Team Materials page.
On Mission Day:
There is a situation. A significant volcanic disturbance has been detected on Montserrat. If that isn't alarming enough, a hurricane is forming. The Island lies in its path. Thousands of people on this small island are in peril.
Get ready. You have learnt lots about the Island of Montserrat, how to monitor a volcano, track a hurricane and keep the live satellite data flowing. The islanders need your help!