Learning Activities

3. Water Vapor Imagery

water vapor imagery


This set of tutorials teaches how to interpret and apply data obtained from the water vapor channel of satellite imagery. Learners are introduced to the concept and function of the water vapor channel and how these images compare with weather models. At the completion of each tutorial, learners have an opportunity to apply what they learned to real world data collected by NASA satellites.

Learning Objectives:

After successfully completing these modules, students will be able to use water vapor imagery to do the following:

  • Compare water vapor channel data with weather forecast models.
  • Determine the location and intensity of jet streams.
  • Identify regions of turbulence in the upper atmosphere.


Before using these tutorials, students should be familiar with basic concepts and principles of remote sensing which are covered in Learning Activity 1. A meteorological background is helpful but not essential.

Pedagogical Applications:

These tutorials can be used in a number of ways in various disciplines. Some suggestions are provided below.

  • Supplement existing lessons on water vapor satellite imagery.
  • Supplement meteoroligist training.


  • A)

    Water Vapor Imagery Basics

    Learn practical uses for water vapor imagery from weather satellites

  • B)

    Water Vapor and Turbulence

    How to water vapor satellite imagery to identify and monitor turbulence

  • C)

    Water Vapor and Jet Streams

    Identify and analyze jet streams using water vapor imagery from weather satellites