This laboratory activity helps students to understand radiation, heat transport, convection, and energy/mass conservation by interpreting and mapping the Hadley circulation with the help of data from a reanalysis model. Students will learn about the Hadley cell and Hadley circulation, and their influence on climate.

Tool Name Hadley Circulation using NASA Merra Reanalysis Model
Discipline Physics, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Convection; Energy and Mass Conservation; Thermally Direct Cell; Heat Transport, Hadley Circulation
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere
Type of Tool Laboratory Activity
Grade Level High School; Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Developed by Stephen Po-Chedley and Chris Terai, Atmospheric Sciences (2012) for the UW in the High School Climate Science Course
Hosted at College of the Environment, University of Washington
Link https://pcc.uw.edu/education/classroom-resources/climate-teaching-modules/uwhs-atms-211-hadley-circulation-using-nasa-merra-reanalysis-model/
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic