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CLIP 7363

Using satellites to understand weather and climate

Using satellites to understand weather and climate
Key Info
  • Using satellites to understand weather and climate
  • Duration: 4:55
  • The history of weather forecasting and early satellite programmes is told using archive film, highlighting the difficulties associated with a lack of weather data. Two hundred dedicated weather satellites have been launched since the 1960s. Together, these satellites enable us to monitor every weather system around the world and to see the weather as it approaches. The meteorologist Ewen McCallum is using a sequence of satellite images to identify a warm front, and goes on to describe how geostationary and polar orbiting satellites are used. Weather prediction can save lives, especially in tropical regions as information from satellites is used to track hurricanes as they develop. Computer models are shown following a storm over Africa developing into a hurricane over the Caribbean. Published as part of the Britain From Above website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Weather and Climate

  • Keywords: climate, natural disaster, forecast, hurricane, meteorology, satellite, storm, technology, weather, mapping, computer graphics, science, ICT, BritainFromAbove
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on weather and climate or natural hazards. Highlights the great leaps taken over recent decades in our ability to forecast the weather and prepare for extreme weather events. Gives an insight into the work of scientists in meteorology.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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