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Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Annotating Change in Satellite Images DLESE Reviewed Collection
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, then identify and outline areas of new land that were created by dredging sediments from the river bottom. The final product is an annotated image that highlights new land and indicates when it was created.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Case study
    • Module / Unit
    • Tutorial
  • Portal:
    • Educational
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Physical object
Subject:
  • Agricultural science
  • Biology
  • Climatology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geochemistry
    • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
  • Policy issues
  • Soil science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
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Internet Explorer (IE) browser
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
Cost information is not known
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd561
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
    • Human systems:
      • The process, patterns, and functions of human settlement
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
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Contact: TERC