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Studying Earth's Environment From Space: Classroom and Laboratory Activities with Instructor ResourcesStandard, text-book based learning for earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences has been limited by the unavailability of quantitative teaching materials. While a descriptive presentation, in a lecture format, of discrete satellite images is often adequate for high school classrooms, this is seldom the case at the undergraduate level. In order to address these concerns, a series of numerical exercises for the Macintosh was developed for use with satellite-derived Sea Surface Temperature, pigment and sea ice concentration data. Using a modified version of NIH Image, to analyze actual satellite data, students are able to better understand ocean processes, such as circulation, upwelling, primary production, and ocean/atmosphere coupling. Graphical plots, image math, and numerical comparisons are utilized to substantiate temporal and spatial trends in sea surface temperature and ocean color. Particularly for institutions that do not offer a program in remote sensing, the subject matter is presented as modular units, each of which can be readily incorporated into existing curricula. These materials have been produced in both CD-ROM and WWW format, making them useful for classroom or lab setting. Depending upon the level of available computer support, graphics can be displayed directly from the CD-ROM, or as a series of color view graphs for standard overhead projection.
Document ID
20010055592
Document Type
Contractor or Grantee Report
Authors
Smith, Elizabeth A. (Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA United States)
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
Subject Category
Geosciences (General)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG5-4515
PROJECT: ODURF Proj. 164191
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.