What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

This video, video transcript, and accompanying poster, go beyond a description of weather and climate to highlight how NASA tracks the changes in climate and why it matters. Students will leave the video with the important sense of why data (in this case, gathered by satellites) is helping all of us monitor sea level, clouds, and to know that the earth's climate is getting warmer.

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Earth Science Communications Team
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; California Institute of Technology

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

This video can be used to introduce these scientific concepts. It would work well being incorporated into a larger activity/lesson on weather vs. climate or climate change.

Students can be assigned different links to explore off of this page and then report back to their class or small group about what they learned.

Teachers can take the larger question: "Why is the data showing our planet is warming" and lead to a larger discussion of human's impact on greenhouse gas emissions in an age appropriate way.