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Section 1
Global Wind Patterns and Weather

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 1: Global Wind Patterns and Weather.

Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about the Aura satellite, visit the following web sites:

    Aura, NASA
    The official NASA website for the Aura spacecraft.  Explains its mission as well as the instruments on board.

    NASA's Aura: New Eye for Clean Air, NASA
    Overview of the Aura mission and how it will help scientists to monitor pollution production and transport around the world.

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To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Pressure and Wind

Cause of Wind, NEWTON
Learn about the mechanisms that produce wind.

Wind, Windows to the Universe
Describes the factors that create different pressures in the atmosphere which creates the winds around the globe.

Global Wind Patterns

Global Wind Patterns, NASA
Explains the patterns of winds across the globe.

Global Circulations, NOAA
Looks at global atmospheric circulation patterns and how they influence climate and weather.

Trade Winds, NOAA
Explains the formation and movement of Earth’s trade winds.

Coriolis Effect

Coriolus Effect, Wind Belts, and Currents, NEWTON
Explains the impact of the Coriolis effect on atmospheric circulation.

Coriolis Effect, NOAA
Provides a demonstration for understanding the Coriolis effect.

Coriolis Effect, NOAA
Examines the impact of the Coriolis effect on the movement of air between the Earth’s equator and poles.

Coriolis Effect, NOAA
Provides a diagram of the Coriolis effect.

Jet Stream

The Jet Stream, NOAA
Describes the factors that cause air to flow in the Earth’s jet streams.

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