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This book of 19 essays, written by Earth scientists, provides insight into the dynamic processes that shape the Earth. The essays are supported by case studies describing a range of research projects (including Looking for Life in Antarctica-and Mars, Mapping Mt. Rainer, and Mapping Hot Springs on the Deep Ocean Floor) and profiles of historically significant Earth scientists (Including Inge Lehmann, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), Informal, General public
Resource type: Case study, Book - text
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Climatology, Forestry, Geochemistry, Geologic time, Geology, Geophysics, Paleontology, Structural geology, Hydrology, Natural hazards, Physical oceanography, Physics, Policy issues, Soil science, Space science
 
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These quizzes are designed to inspire understanding of the physical, biological and human processes that influence our home planet and cover topics from archaeology to zoology. Several resources for discovering and revealing the meaning of image features may help new geographical detectives to solve the challenging quiz questions. A new Where on Earth...? mystery quiz appears periodically. Answers ... Full description.
Grade level: Informal, General public
Resource type: Case study, Imagery - remotely sensed
Subject: Technology
 
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In this activity, users examine satellite images from NASA's Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) that show how much ozone is in the atmosphere over the Southern Hemisphere. They interpret the images to identify ozone thinning that develops over this region each summer, and compare its size from year to year. Using freely available image analysis software, ImageJ, users quantify the area of the ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Case study, Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Chemistry, Climatology, Environmental science
 
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In this lesson, students create graphs to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface. It is designed to help students gain knowledge in using the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) to specify, download and use a microset of data. Students will make graphs from the data microset, then use the graphs to investigate locations along the track of Hurricane Rita where lowered Sea ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Case study, Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Natural hazards, Physical oceanography
 
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This yearbook includes feature articles illustrating how DAAC data are being used to improve live on Earth. NASA's eight Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAAC) located across the U.S. deliver data that underpin research and understanding of the Earth system. The DAACs distribute science data from both heritage and current NASA satellite missions that include NASA in-situ field campaigns and satellite ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Case study, Ref. material, Periodical
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Cryology, Ecology, Geology, Hydrology, Technology
 
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This activity prepares the student to launch an investigation of the relationship between precipitation and Streamflow for a local watershed. It can enrich a study of the water cycle. Following the step-by-step instruction in this case study, students will locate, download, format, and finally graph one year of Web-based data for these two variables. Included is a graph that highlights the details ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Case study, Module / Unit, Tutorial, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Hydrology, Physical oceanography
 
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In this chapter, users take the role of students from a small town in Colorado, who team up with students from the town of Churchill, Manitoba, to explore changing sea ice conditions in the Arctic. Together they examine an animation that shows 30 years of satellite images to see how the extent of sea ice in the Arctic has diminished over time. The chapter storyline is built around the real-life case ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Case study, Module / Unit, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Photograph, In-situ dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Cryology, Environmental science
 
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This chapter describes how to set a scale and measure distances and areas on satellite images. Using ImageJ, a freely available image analysis program that runs on most operating systems, users set the spatial calibration of an image, then select and measure distances and areas on it. The measurement results are reported in real-world units. The technique is most useful and accurate for nadir view ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Case study, Module / Unit, Tutorial, Imagery - remotely sensed, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography
 
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This chapter describes the technique of preparing latitude-longitude based data so that it can be imported into a geographic information system (GIS). It describes the steps to create a map to display data and guides users through some basic geographic analyses. The focus of the chapter?s case study is earthquake prediction. Users download and format near real-time and historical earthquake data from ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Case study, Module / Unit, Tutorial, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards, Technology
 
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This chapter walks users through a technique for documenting change in before-and-after sets of satellite images. The technique can be used for any set of time-series images that are spatially registered to show the exact same area at the same scale. In the chapter, users examine three Landsat images of the Pearl River delta in southeastern China. In these images, users observe changes in land use, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Case study, Module / Unit, Tutorial, Educational portal, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Agricultural science, Biology, Climatology, Ecology, Environmental science, Human geography, Physical geography, Geochemistry, Geology, Hydrology, Biological oceanography, Policy issues, Soil science, Technology
 
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