Using NASA NEO and ImageJ to Explore the Role of Snow Cover in Shaping Climate

Betsy Youngman, TERC Education Consultant,
Carla McAuliffe, Center for Science Teaching and Learning at TERC,
Rita Freuder, TERC Education Consultant,
Jeff Lockwood, Center for Science Teaching and Learning at TERC,
Kevin Ward, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, SSAI,
David Herring, NOAA Climate Program Office,
Brooke Carter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, SSAI,
Holli Riebeek, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, SIGMA,

Published: April 2010. Last Updated: April 2011.


Sample Output from NASA NEO. Average Land Surface Temperature, Day. April 2009

In this chapter, you will investigate satellite images displaying land surface temperature, snow cover, and reflected shortwave radiation data from the NASA Earth Observation (NEO) website.

Download, explore, and animate these images using ImageJ, a public domain image analysis program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Then use the web-based analysis tools built into NEO to observe, graph, and analyze the relationship between the three variables.

This chapter is part of the Earth Exploration Toolbook. Each chapter provides teachers and/or students with direct practice for using scientific tools to analyze Earth science data. Students should begin on the Case Study page.

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