Image from TERRA
Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:46 EDT

The year 2020 will be remembered for being a very trying year and western wildfires have just added to the year's woes.

Image from TERRA
Thu, 03 Sep 2020 11:00 EDT

While scientists around the world are confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Earth observing satellites continue to orbit and send back images that reveal connections between the pandemic and the environment.

Image from TERRA
Tue, 01 Sep 2020 16:23 EDT

Earth-observing instruments on satellites and aircraft are mapping the current fires, providing data products to agencies on the ground that are responding to the emergency.

Earth Science Labs

This science lab is designed for high school or advanced middle school students. It may be used to support national science education standards NS 9-12.6, personal and social perspectives.

Because the lab is designed to be used nationally and not all school districts use the same lesson plan format, the lessons are formatted according to the commonly-used constructivist model of learning called the ”Five Es.” Each E describes a process that the students undergo rather than what the teacher does: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate. The students build their knowledge and skills from what they already know and can do. First, the students Engage in the lesson by being exposed to information that is meaningful to them and excites them to learn more. They then Explore more about the topic by participating in teacher-led and student-directed activities. The students are then asked to Explain what they have learned to solidify their new understanding of the concepts. The students then elaborate or Extend their learning by applying what they have learned to new situations, to broaden their perspective and deepen their understanding. Last, they are asked to assess their own learning and allow the teacher to Evaluate their performance.

Air Quality

Track visibility from the ground, and then use satellite images to identify pollution coming into your region from other places. This activity also includes extensions for other air quality observations.

Precipitation

Throughout history, humans have strived to understand and even control weather and climate. By developing an understanding of the patterns of rainfall, scientists are making possible increasingly accurate weather, flood and drought forecasts. This activity connects backyard observations of rainfall to satellite measurements of rain to study both local and broad precipitation patterns.