Monitoring the Global Environment

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Summary:Technological breakthroughs in the 1990's paved the way for incredible remote sensing capabilities for the 21st century. These enhanced capabilities are utilized by dozens of satellites continuously collecting data from multiple vantage points, allowing scientists from different countries to transcend political and geographical boundaries by sharing data and ideas towards the common mission of caring for planet Earth. In this module, students learn how geostationary satellites are used to detect forest fires and monitoring biomass burning, the connection between biomass burning and global warming, and how satellites are used to identify urban heat islands.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 4; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS3-6; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: climate change; weather
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