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The use or abuse of the Chesapeake Bay is examined and discussed in the form of a student role-playing activity. Each student gathers relevant background information and formulates questions from briefing cards included in the investigation. Ten... (View More)

This investigation introduces students to the phenomena of urban heat islands, areas of higher then normal temperatures associated with populated areas. Using Atlanta, Ga., as the study site, students begin by analyzing the population growth and... (View More)

In this activity serving as an introduction to remote sensing, students list what they remember seeing in a familiar environment, check their accuracy, and discuss the results. Then they apply their experiences and new skills to an unfamiliar... (View More)

Students will first try to imagine what their school and neighborhood look like from “A Bird’s Eye View” and draw a detailed picture. They will follow this with a study of an aerial photo of their town. Materials required for this activity... (View More)

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Students will compare aerial photos of their area from the past with current photos, noting differences and then conducting ground truth investigations to determine what happened. Finally, students will use the information they gather about past... (View More)

Students will examine two satellite images of their local watershed taken at different points in time and use this data to learn about changes in the watershed, particularly in land cover. Next, they describe how these changes have had positive or... (View More)

Students examine a series of remotely-sensed images of the US, scaling from the continent to San Francisco, and distinguish the concepts of scale and resolution. At greater resolution, students are able to identify different land classes on the map,... (View More)

In this investigation students explore how resolution affects information content on remotely sensed images, relate remote sensor resolution (pixel size) to information content, and gain an understanding of the information content of different kinds... (View More)

Through a field trip along a local water course students will conduct a visual survey to discover information about local land use and water quality. They will document their findings with mapping and compilation of a river profile and use this... (View More)

In this activity, students explore how maps and models are used to represent the landscape. Students will recreate their school grounds in a sandbox, clay, or a cardboard model. They will then photograph or videotape their model from above and from... (View More)