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Measuring Distance and Area in Satellite Images (College Level) part of Examples
Users analyze NASA images of the Aral Sea using ImageJ. This Starting Point page provides general tips to adapt this Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter to college level.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Geology

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

Using Google Earth to Explore Plate Tectonics part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Google Earth:Examples
Students use Google Earth to learn about plate tectonics by exploring the topography of the earth's continents and ocean floor, the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes, and seafloor age. They become familiar with these global data sets and understand how Earth's tectonic plates and plate boundaries are defined.

Environmental Health Risk Inventory part of Cutting Edge:Public Policy:Activities
In this activity, students perform an environmental health risk inventory of a selected locale. Students will address anthropogenic and natural health risks of an area using data collected from various online ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making, Environmental Ethics/Values

WorldWatcher Project: Global Warming Project part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this exercise, students role-play advisors to various heads of state on the subject of global warming. The web site also has free modeling and GIS software and lesson and lab plans.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Public policy , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions, Greenhouse effect, Natural causes, Anthropogenic causes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Anthropogenic causes, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Environmental Science:Policy:Global Policy, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Public policy, Impacts of climate change, Greenhouse effect, Greenhouse gas emissions, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Natural causes

Mapping Plate Boundaries part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Students can discover plate boundaries by plotting different sets of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on maps. These are then stacked on the overhead projector, outlining the tectonic plates.

Subject: Geography:Physical, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Volcanism, Geography:Geospatial

Annotating Change in Satellite Images part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
During this exercise, students compare a series of satellite images taken 3-4 years apart to investigate the effects of human land use and annotate the images using ImageJ software.

Subject: Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Geography:Physical, Geospatial

World Population part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Visualizations:Visualization Examples
Access and visualize world population data using the user friendly MyWorld GIS software. Data includes total population, population density, projected population, male and female population, and age specific population, etc.

Subject: Geography:Geospatial, Human/Cultural, Environmental Science:Human Population