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Global Land Vegetation
The goal of this NASA Earth Science Enterprise-funded project is to increase the use of satellite data in high school and college science classrooms by developing classroom materials linked to guided inquiry computer exercises. This Global Land Vegetation module is one of four Studying Earth's Environment from Space (SEES) modules. Each module consists of three sections: Class Resources, Computer Lab Resources and a Glossary and Acronym List. Class Resources is an electronic textbook viewable by a Web browser. Computer Lab Resources contains an instructor's guide, data and software. The instructor's guide contains exercises for using the data and software. The public domain software, a version of NIH-Image for the Macintosh that was modified by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center especially for SEES, is for data display, analysis and tutorial of satellite data. The software will also work on Windows machines with a Mac emulator. Image2000, a cross-platform Java version of the software, is expected to be available by the end of the year 2000. Each module section can stand-alone (e.g. you don't have to use the Class Resources in order to complete the Computer Lab Resources). Students and instructors may continue their own scientific discovery by accessing archived and current data from various NASA Earth Science data centers.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Module / Unit
  • Text:
    • Glossary
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Ecology
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Netscape browser
Macintosh operating system
SEE Image. Classroom Resources and the textual portion of the Computer Lab Resources are available via a web browser. The SEE Image software, which is Macintosh based, is required to display and analyze imagery and is available from the site. SEE Image may run on PC's with Macintosh emulation software such as ARDI's Executor. All exercises, software, and images can be downloaded and saved to disk and used off-line.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
There are no copyright restrictions on any of the materials that appear in the modules. If you use any of these materials in publications, please acknowledge NASA as follows: NASA. Studying Earth's Environment From Space. June 2000. (the date you accessed these materials)
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-041
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Behavior of organisms
        • Interdependence of organisms
        • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of scientific knowledge
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Diana Sunday
No institutional affiliation is known

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth A. Smith
Old Dominion University