Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

"Tracking El Niño" NOVA/PBS Online Adventures Return With This Century's Biggest Weather Event

Date:
January 29, 1998
Source:
NOVA/WGBH
Summary:
On January 27, NOVA/PBS Online Adventures return with a Web site dedicated to one of the most important weather events of our lifetime: El Niño. (url: http://www.pbs.org/nova/elnino) "Tracking El Niño" will take NOVA's Internet audience on a series of adventures, along the way attempting to unravel the scientific mysteries underlying this powerful weather phenomenon.

El Niño has generated intense media coverage and huge popular interest, and for good reason—El Niño transforms the entire planet into a weather laboratory, and reveals the heart of the "machine" that generates the Earth's weather. It has been heralded by many as the century's biggest weather event, and the worst could be yet to come.

The NOVA/PBS ONLINE "Tracking El Niño" site will be the Web's complete guide to El Niño. Beyond news and insightful articles, the site will create a personal weather laboratory for users called "Weather Station," which will feed real-time data from the field to an onscreen panel of virtual instruments modeled after those used by weather scientists. Round-the-clock Webcams, situated at key locations including the ocean view from Maui Hawaii, Mazatlan in Mexico, and Reñaca Beach in Chile, will let users watch as storms roll in. Up-to-the-minute animations (supplied by NOAA--National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) will let users visualize El Niño, instead of just reading about it.

The NOVA/PBS ONLINE site will also act as a learning lab, recreating the conditions and experiences of discovery in the field. For example, users can engage in a search for evidence of past El Niños, just as scientists in the field do, by looking at tree-ring samples from the California Sierra, or x-rays of a coral sample from the Galapagos. Web surfers can ride into an El Niño storm off the coast of California, and fly the jet stream from Alaska to Hawaii. To further personalize the experience, NOVA will post reports from the field by its own Web reporter, equipped with a digital camera, notebook computer, and satellite phone.

Sometime next summer, El Niño will retreat, setting the stage for a return, the date of which is uncertain. With this Web site, however, NOVA will offer its online viewers something of lasting significance: a chance to experiment and learn in one of the grandest weather laboratories of all time, side-by-side with scientists who are still struggling to understand what drives El Niño.

NOVA Online (http://www.pbs.org/nova) provides a companion Web site for each week's NOVA broadcast, program schedules, teacher guides, audience feedback, and links to related sites. In addition, NOVA Online joins with PBS to bring you images and reports from live expeditions around the globe. NOVA Online appears on PBS ONLINE (http://www.pbs.org).

PBS ONLINE, PBS's award-winning site on the World Wide Web, produces high-quality Web programming as it pioneers the digital convergence of television and the Internet. PBS ONLINE features more than 40,000 pages of content as well as companion Web sites for nearly 100 PBS programs and specials.

PBS, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a private, nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 349 public television stations. A trusted community resource, PBS uses the power of non-commercial television, the Internet and other media to enrich the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services that inform, inspire and delight. Available to 99 percent of American homes with televisions and to an increasing number of digital multimedia households, PBS serves nearly 100 million people each week.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by NOVA/WGBH. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

NOVA/WGBH. ""Tracking El Niño" NOVA/PBS Online Adventures Return With This Century's Biggest Weather Event." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 January 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/01/980129080033.htm>.
NOVA/WGBH. (1998, January 29). "Tracking El Niño" NOVA/PBS Online Adventures Return With This Century's Biggest Weather Event. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/01/980129080033.htm
NOVA/WGBH. ""Tracking El Niño" NOVA/PBS Online Adventures Return With This Century's Biggest Weather Event." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/01/980129080033.htm (accessed September 22, 2014).

Share This



More Earth & Climate News

Monday, September 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Hundreds of Thousands Hit NYC Streets to Protest Climate Change

Hundreds of Thousands Hit NYC Streets to Protest Climate Change

AFP (Sep. 22, 2014) — Celebrities, political leaders and the masses rallied in New York and across the globe demanding urgent action on climate change, with organizers saying 600,000 people hit the streets. Duration: 01:19 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
French FM Urges 'powerful' Response to Global Warming

French FM Urges 'powerful' Response to Global Warming

AFP (Sep. 22, 2014) — French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday warned about the potential "catastrophe" if global warming was not dealt with in a "powerful" way. Duration: 01:08 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ongoing Drought, Fighting Put Somalia at Risk of Famine

Ongoing Drought, Fighting Put Somalia at Risk of Famine

AFP (Sep. 22, 2014) — After a year of poor rains and heavy fighting Somalia is again at risk of famine, just three years after food shortages killed 260,000 people. Duration: 01:10 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Rockefeller Oil Heirs Switching To Clean Energy

Rockefeller Oil Heirs Switching To Clean Energy

Newsy (Sep. 22, 2014) — The Rockefellers — heirs to an oil fortune that made the family name a symbol of American wealth — are switching from fossil fuels to clean energy. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Plants & Animals

Earth & Climate

Fossils & Ruins

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins