Toolkit: Teaching Confidence Interval, Student’s t-distribution, Uncertainty and Trends with Hurricane Intensity Data

As a teacher of undergraduate Statistics you can use this set of computer-based tools when teaching topics such as Confidence Interval, student’s t-distribution and Uncertainty in the given data-set.   For a teacher of undergraduate Geography or Earth Sciences, this activity will help students develop a better understanding of the disasters, how climate change may be impacting hurricanes, as well as calculating trends and understanding uncertainty.

Is There a Trend in Hurricane Intensity?

This computer-based classroom/laboratory activity allows a student to explore trends in
hurricane intensity, the possible impact of climate change on hurricanes, and
understanding uncertainty in trends.

This tool can be used as an aid to teach topics such as Data Analysis, Linear Slope,
Confidence Interval, Student’s t-distribution, and Standard Deviation in Statistics.
It can also be used to teach topics such as Accumulated Cyclone Energy Index;
Hurricanes; Impact of Climate Change on Intensity; and Frequency of Hurricanes and
Storms.

Pedagogical Tool Metadata
Discipline Statistics, Earth and Environmental Science
Grade Level Undergraduate
Related Core Curriculum Topics Data Analysis, Linear Slope,
Confidence Interval, Student’s t-distribution, and Standard Deviation in Statistics.
Accumulated Cyclone Energy Index;
Hurricanes; Impact of Climate Change on Intensity; and Frequency of Hurricanes and storms in Earth Sciences
Type of Tool Classroom or Laboratory Activity
Availability Online; Can be performed offline (after downloading data)
Translations Not Available
IT competency required Intermediate
Developed by Todd Ellis, SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, USA
Accessible at https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/hurricanes/activities/28276.html

Climate Change and Disasters: Hurricanes

Hurricanes 

Simulate a hurricane and observe the change in its intensity as a result of changes in latitude, sea surface temperature and other parameters.

This simulator can be used as an aid to teach topics such as Disasters, Hazards, Hurricanes, Storms, Heat, Energy, Pressure, Oceanography, Convection, Entropy, Coriolis Force and Thermodynamics. It can also be used to teach Data Analysis for statistics students.