About This Course


Meteorology is an excellent topic to introduce middle and high school students to geoscience, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics. Satellite Meteorology provides scientists ad educators with exciting tools for investigation, inquiry, analysis and stewardship.

The material was designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade so middle school teachers and students may want to skim or skip a few sections. Others wishing to explore the topic further are encouraged to visit the CIMSS's college level course that was used as a springboard for this project.

To maximize learning from this Satellite Meteorology course we recommend that students:

  • 1) Go through each module in the order they are presented
  • 2) Engage in all hands-on exercises in the modules when they are offered
  • Tackle "Problems with Solutions" and "Assessments" at the end of each module before moving on to the next one.

Course content was developed at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorlogical Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at the UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) with help from experts at the Advanced Satellite Products Branch (ASPB). Most of the satellite images were generated at CIMSS/SSEC. Additional resources referenced include several NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) web sites. Most of the graphics in this course came from CIMSS Director Dr. Steve Ackerman's Meteorology text book entitled "Understanding the Atmosphere" (Ackerman & Knox, 2002).