When Nature Strikes: Wildfires
In this episode, you will learn about a common natural hazard - wildfires, and how technology can help us model and predict the behavior of wildfires for those who are fighting them. As fires burn they draw in surrounding air creating updrafts and changeable winds. This aspect of wildfires poses a challenge for our first responders. In this video you will learn about the interaction of fire and weather, and how scientists like Janice Coen from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, uses this information to make predictions about the movements of wildfires.
Click on the video to watch the NBC Learn video - When Nature Strikes: Wildfires.
Scientists like Janice Coen are studying the mechanisms that control fires to help warn against future catastrophes caused by wildfires. "When Nature Strikes" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation.
When Nature Strikes: Wildfires - Why are they a challenge to stop?Classroom Activity
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
, full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science, as well as books
on science education!
You might also be interested in:
Wind is moving air. Warm air rises, and cool air comes in to take its place. This movement creates different pressures in the atmosphere which creates the winds around the globe. Since the Earth spins,...more
There are 19 large wildfires burning over 550,000 acres in the United States (as of June 13, 2002). Most of the fires are within western states such as California, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and...more
The world's surface air temperature increased an average of 0.6° Celsius (1.1°F) during the last century according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This may not sound like very...more
Altocumulus clouds (weather symbol - Ac), are made primarily of liquid water and have a thickness of 1 km. They are part of the Middle Cloud group (2000-7000m up). They are grayish-white with one part...more
Altostratus clouds (weather symbol - As) consist of water and some ice crystals. They belong to the Middle Cloud group (2000-7000m up). An altostratus cloud usually covers the whole sky and has a gray...more
Cirrocumulus clouds (weather symbol - Cc) are composed primarily of ice crystals and belong to the High Cloud group (5000-13000m). They are small rounded puffs that usually appear in long rows. Cirrocumulus...more
Cirrostratus (weather symbol - Cs) clouds consist almost entirely of ice crystals and belong to the High Cloud (5000-13000m) group. They are sheetlike thin clouds that usually cover the entire sky. The...more