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Educational resource Make it rain: the science behind altering the weather

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Make it rain: the science behind altering the weather

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Atmospheric Sciences (AS)


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Whenever humankind believes it has control over the natural world, the weather likes to prove us wrong. Storms, floods and droughts are just some of the weather patterns that can complicate or even threaten human life. We have increasingly sophisticated techniques for weather forecasting, but now scientists are looking even further: towards directly modifying the weather itself. Darrel Baumgardner, of The National Autonomous University of Mexico and Droplet Measurement Technologies, researches the intriguing technique of cloud seeding.

This resource contains an overview of Dr Baumgardner’s research, talking points for your students to discuss his work and activities that can be done at home or in the classroom.