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Analyzing the Antarctic Ozone Hole (College Level) part of Examples
College-level adaptation of a chapter in the Earth Exploration Toolbook. Examine satellite images of atmospheric ozone in the Southern Hemisphere to study changes in concentration over a time.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Ozone depletion, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Atmospheric structure and composition

Investigating Earthquakes: GIS Mapping and Analysis (College Level) part of Examples
This is a college-level adaptation of a chapter from the Earth Exploration Toolbook. The students download global quake data over a time range and use GIS to interpret the tectonic context.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geophysics and Structural Geology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics

Exercise 8: Using LiDAR and GPS data to model the water table in ArcScene part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Tutorial for using the new LiDAR tools (LAS dataset and LAS toolbar) in ArcGIS 10.1 (Acrobat (PDF) 13.8MB Nov6 13). Same LiDAR Tutorial as a Word doc (Microsoft Word ...

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Subject: Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy

Northridge: A Case Study of an Urban Earthquake part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Michael Mayhew and Michelle Hall, Science Education Solutions Summary The 1994 Northridge Earthquake Case Study explores the mystery of how such a major fault could have been missed within a tectonic basin that is ...

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Subject: Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes

Stream Gages and GIS part of Examples
Utilize the online GIS of the USGS real-time stream gage network to introduce basic concepts of data-driven maps and GIS. This exercise can be used independently or with other hydrology exercises.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes

Floodplains in the field (with GIS) part of Examples
In this GIS-enhanced lab, students measure a topographic and geologic cross-section across a floodplain by simple surveying and auguring techniques.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Geology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling

When is Dinner Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine (College Level) part of Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students explore the critical role phytoplankton play in the marine food web.

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Geography:Geospatial, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Ecology

Looking into Earth with GIS (College Level) part of Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students work with a free GIS program, ArcVoyager SE, to explore earthquake data and plate tectonics.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geophysics and Structural Geology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics, Geography:Geospatial

Image Classification part of Examples
An exercise to use a simple image analysis program to classify land surface types seen in satellite imagery in order to analyze changes in landscape development over time.

Subject: Geography:Human/Cultural, Geospatial, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Geoscience:Hydrology, Geography:Physical, Biology:Ecology

Using GLOBE Data to Study the Earth System (College Level) part of Examples
College-level adaptation of an Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter that uses the GLOBE environmental data set to analyze surface measurements made by students around the world.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Clouds and precipitation, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface

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