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A Presentation on instruments used in Meteorology as well as the Australian Indigenous knowledge of weather patterns and seasons of Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory....

A Presentation on instruments used in Meteorology as well as the Australian Indigenous knowledge of weather patterns and seasons of Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory.
This has been created for Educational Purposes for CQUniversity study in the course of Grad Dip of Learning and Teaching, Primary

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  • 1. Meteorology
    Instruments and units of measurement
    Measuring the weather
  • 2. Why measure the weather?
    Stock Warnings
    Crop Warnings
    Marine and Boating Warnings
    Air traffic
    Forecasting to the general public
    More information on why we measure the weather
  • 3. How do we measure Atmospheric pressure?
    Barometer
    • The Barometer measures atmospheric pressure
    (the weight of the air in the atmosphere).
    The unit of measurement is ‘Hectopascal or Millibar’
  • 4. How do we measure rainfall?
    Rain gauge
    Unit of measurement is millimetres (mm)
  • 5. How do we measure humidity?
    Hygrometer
    Relative Humidity (RH) is expressed as a percentage (%)
  • 6. How do we measure wind speed?
    Anemometer
    Wind speed is measured in km/PH or knots
    Beaufort Wind Scale
  • 7. How do we record wind direction?
    We use a Windsock or Weathervane
    S.W.E.N.
    South, West, East or North
  • 8. How to we record the temperature?
    Thermometer
    Temperature is recorded in degrees Celcius - ºC
  • 9. How do we record sunshine?
    We use a Campbell-Stokes recorder
    to record the hours of sunshine each day.
    A 3D view of a Campbell Stoked recorder (requires Quicktime)
    Information on the Campbell Stokes recorder
  • 10. Indigenous Australians and weather
    Over the last 50,000 + Aboriginal Australians have developed a culture in which all things past and present are interrelated, including the weather, landscape and previous generations, together with the plant and animal kingdoms.
    All these are connected as a continuum in which everything is placed in a proper order and has distinct meaning and relevance.
    Climate and weather are vital parts of this continuum, and are largely controlled by supernatural forces which manifest themselves through the behaviour of the surrounding natural world.
    This knowledge has enabled Aboriginal Australians to survive in sometimes incredibly adverse conditions.
    Source: http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/nature-science/seasons.html
  • 11. The six weather seasons of Kakadu National Park as defined by the Bininj people.
    Source: http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/nature-science/seasons.html