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In this module students will discover how rainfall rates are measured, how the intensity and distribution is determined, and what methods are used to study and predict precipitation events. They will analyze data and interpret information in order to make predictions and utilize satellite data to determine the intensity and distribution of rainfall to improve the safety of air travel. Students will also analyze and research global rainfall patterns, apply various scientific methods in order to collect and interpret precipitation measurements and predict precipitation events, examine long-range weather predictions and compare them to archival satellite data, and study scientific data to determine how rainfall intensity and temperatures change vertically as well as horizontally. They will also investigate the effectiveness of using the traditional scientific method in meteorological research, use their knowledge of TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite data to propose new instruments and satellite missions, and present their ideas to the class.
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