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Hurricane Analysis

This lesson plan allows your students to perform statistical analysis and interpretation of data (specifically, analyzing trends and determining uncertainty) by using hurricane data records.

Hurricane Katrina

In the activity, students will explore possible trends in hurricane intensity and number over the past 40 years, and will investigate a possible link between climate change and hurricane strength.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Statistics, Geography, or Earth Sciences.

Grade Level: Undergraduate

Discipline: Statistics, Geography, Earth Sciences


  • Statistics: Inferential Statistics, Trend Analysis, Uncertainty, Confidence Interval, Student’s t-Distribution
  • Geography, Earth Sciences : Disasters, Hazards, Hurricanes, Storms, Oceanography, Trends in Hurricane Intensity

Climate Topic: Disasters and Hazards

Location: Global (data in the activity is for the Atlantic Ocean)

Languages: English

Learning Outcomes

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  • calculate trends in data
  • determine uncertainty and evaluate confidence in trends using Student's t-distribution
  • discuss the possible impacts of climate change on the intensity and number of hurricanes