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Looking at Radar Images
These activities pertain to the value of the different types of images, including a false color mosaic, a Compressed Stokes image, a vegetation map and key, and various ground photographs. Students are given specific directions on how to decide what features of a radar image indicate such structures as upland forest, clear-cut areas, and roads. In a second activity, students look at the radar images to see if they can produce a vegetation map similar to the one they have been given. The third activity introduces 15 Decade Volcanoes that pose a particular threat to humans. Using the Decade Volcanoes as examples, students view radar images of volcanoes that occur around the world. The final exercise is aimed at helping students distinguish the differences between radar image data and visible photographs. Students will look at radar data and photographs of three sites taken by the astronauts.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
  • Environmental science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
JPL images are available for use by the public free of charge. However, by electing to download images from this website the user agrees that Caltech makes no warranties or representations with respect to its ownership of copyrights for the images, does not represent others who may claim to be owners of rights in the images, and makes no warranties as to the quality of the images.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-614
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
    • 9-12:
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural resources
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory