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Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Analyzing Wetlands
The Ramsar Wetlands Data Gateway is a database containing information on protected international wetlands. In this activity, users search the database to find a wetland that they are interested in helping to protect. Using the database search capabilities, users select various wetland characteristics and generate a report on the sites that meet their search criteria. Then, they access an interactive map to view the locations and nearby features of the identified wetland sites. Next, they narrow the choices down to a single wetland that they would like to protect and gather further information about it. Finally, users prepare a brief report to persuade others of the value of protecting the site.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-EET-000-000-000-027
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Robert R. Downs
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
Columbia University