Air and Atmosphere



If you were lost in the desert, you could survive for a few days without food and water. But you wouldn’t last more than five minutes without the atmosphere. So what makes the atmosphere so important? Who studies the atmosphere and how did they find out so much about it?

Atmospheric science is the study of the atmosphere—the blanket of air covering the Earth. Atmospheric scientists study the atmosphere's physical characteristics, motions, and processes, and the way in which these factors affect the rest of our environment. The best-known application of this knowledge is forecasting the weather. In addition to predicting the weather, atmospheric scientists attempt to identify and interpret climate trends, understand past weather, and analyze current weather. Weather information and atmospheric research are also applied in air-pollution control, agriculture, forestry, air and sea transportation, defense, and the study of possible trends in the Earth's climate, such as global warming, droughts, and ozone depletion.

Next: Click on task.



The Public URL for this WebQuest:
WebQuest Hits: 11,935
Save WebQuest as PDF

Ready to go?

Select "Logout" below if you are ready
to end your current session.