Image from TERRA
Thu, 07 Oct 2021 13:00 EDT

The U.S. Forest Service now has a powerful way to view near-real time fire detection from NASA satellite data that they can include in their hourly air quality forecasts.

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021 14:53 EDT

New NASA research shows that by releasing heat and moisture through a large hole in sea ice known as a polynya, the exposed ocean fuels the formation of more clouds that trap heat in the atmosphere and hinder the refreezing of new sea ice.

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Tue, 24 Aug 2021 13:05 EDT

Smoke from several large wildfires burning in Northern California can be seen traveling miles into the atmosphere.

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.