Read about the project in the following articles:
"WEATHER IN A TANK”—Exploiting Laboratory Experiments in the Teaching of Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climate - BAMS (Nov 2009)
The Effectiveness of Rotating Tank Experiments in Teaching Undergraduate Courses in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate Sciences - Journal of Geoscience Education (Feb, 2012)
This is an NSF-funded project in which curricula materials that combine atmospheric data and laboratory fluid experiments are being developed in the teaching of meteorology, oceanography and climate at undergraduate level.
In phase I of the project, methodologies were explored in support of laboratory-based teaching of rotating fluid dynamics to sophomores, juniors and seniors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In Phase 2 we are:
The project explores how basic principles of rotating fluid dynamics, that play a central role in determining the climate of the planet, are best conveyed to students, teaching them how to move between phenomena in the real world, laboratory abstractions, theory and models.
The laboratory materials and associated curricula being developed could have a wide impact in the teaching of science at many levels in our universities and schools, not just in meteorology, oceanography and climate.