Teach the Earth > Spatial Thinking > Visualizations

Visualizations

This is a collection of visualizations of spatial phenomena or data, including a few visualization-based teaching activities. Search the collection to find visualizations you can use in your classes.

To find a visualization that meets your needs, try

  • Typing keywords into the search box below
  • Refining your search by clicking on the links in the boxes on the right hand side of this page. For example, to see visualizations related to structural geology, click on "Geology" and then on "Structural Geology." You can also limit your search by type of visualization (for example, "Maps"). If you want to see only maps related to structural geology, use both sets of boxes to limit your search returns. That is, click on "Maps" and "Geology," followed by "Structural Geology."


Help

Results 1 - 20 of 48 matches

Using Satellite Images to Understand Earth's Atmosphere
DATA: NASA Satellite Images. TOOLS: ImageJ and Image Composite Explorer (ICE) of NASA Earth Observations (NEO). SUMMARY: Use ImageJ to create an animation showing the change in monthly concentration of aerosols over the course of a year and compare it to a similar animation showing change in carbon monoxide concentration. Then use NEO ICE to create histograms and scatter plots, investigating the relationship between aerosol concentration and carbon monoxide concentration.

CLEAN Selected This activity has been selected for inclusion in the CLEAN collection.
Learn more about this review process.

How Cities Affect Their Local Climate
DATA: GLOBE Program Surface Temperature. TOOL: My World GIS. SUMMARY: Explore the urban heat island effect using student collected surface temperature data. Subset large datasets, buffer others, examine spatial relationships, and gather statistics to investigate temperature differences in urban and rural school sites.

CLEAN Selected This activity has been selected for inclusion in the CLEAN collection.
Learn more about this review process.

Using NASA NEO and ImageJ to Explore the Role of Snow Cover in Shaping Climate
DATA: NASA Satellite Images. TOOLS: ImageJ and Image Composite Explorer (ICE) of NASA Earth Observations (NEO). SUMMARY: Explore and animate satellite images of reflected short wave radiation, snow cover, and land surface temperature downloaded. Then observe, graph, and analyze the relationship between these three variables.

CLEAN Selected This activity has been selected for inclusion in the CLEAN collection.
Learn more about this review process.

Shrinking Forest - Growing Problem
DATA: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Images. TOOL: ImageJ. SUMMARY: Process and measure time-series SAR images to analyze the rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Produce a color composite image showing the oldest to most recently deforested areas.

CLEAN Selected This activity has been selected for inclusion in the CLEAN collection.
Learn more about this review process.

Detecting El Niño in Sea Surface Temperature Data
David Smith, GLOBE; Betsy Youngman
DATA: Sea Surface Temperature (SST). TOOL: My World GIS. SUMMARY: Examine 15 years of SST data from the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. Create and analyze average SST maps to identify El Nino and La Nina events.

CLEAN Selected This activity has been selected for inclusion in the CLEAN collection.
Learn more about this review process.

Exploring Seafloor Topography
Sandra Swenson
DATA: Digital Elevation Model Data. TOOL: GeoMapApp. SUMMARY: Explore a timeline about how we have learned about the oceans. Construct a profile across the Atlantic Ocean and create 3-D visualizations of the seafloor.

Annotating Change in Satellite Images
LuAnn Dahlman, NOAA Climate Program Office
DATA: Landsat Images. TOOL: ImageJ. SUMMARY: Examine time-series images that show landuse changes in China. Produce a map documenting how human activities have changed the coastline.

Analyzing the Antarctic Ozone Hole
LuAnn Dahlman, NOAA Climate Program Office
DATA: Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) Images. TOOLS: ImageJ, Spreadsheet. SUMMARY: Animate and explore 10 years of Southern Hemisphere ozone images. Then measure and graph the area of the ozone hole over time.

Protecting Wetlands from Exurban Development
DATA: Land Use and Land Cover TOOL: My World GIS SUMMARY: Examine land-use changes around Macclenny, Florida. Propose locations for future development that minimize impacts on wetlands.

Water Availability
DATA: North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR). TOOL: FieldScope GIS. SUMMARY: Use an online GIS from the National Geographic Society, to investigate the relationship between precipitation, evaporation, and surface runoff.

Globe Watersheds Module 1: Water Availability

Watershed Dynamics project
The GLOBE Watershed Dynamics Module 1 GIS tool is a freely available web-based GIS. This tool allows users to analyze precipitation, evaporation, and surface runoff data across the US. Curriculum is ...

Probe Earth's Interior with Advanced Radiation Sources

Jiuhua Chen
Visualization of the Earth's interior based on sources of radiation.

GIS Imagery for Haiti Earthquake

Google
A collection of GIS map data compiled by Google Crisis Response, containing downloadable high-resolution images from several sources.

SERTIT satellite maps of Haiti

SERTIT Rapid Mapping Service
This page from SERTIT Rapid Mapping includes a collection of annotated satellite maps (some in French) showing damage distribution, gathering areas, water sources, and other information.

Health Map - Focus on Haiti

HealthMap
This map of the Port au Prince, powered by Google Maps, shows links to health-related stories as placemarks. A Feeds menu allows users to select which news sources to view on the map.

Haiti Crisis Map

Chris Schmidt, Open Source Geospatial Foundation
This map from the Open Source Geospatial Foundation Telascience is a mashup of satellite, topographic, and political maps, which can be toggled as overlays. All maps are of Port au Prince area, Haiti.

Digital Globe sample imagery gallery: Port au Prince, Haiti

This viewer presents imagery produced by Digital Globe of Haiti both before and after the earthquake on January 12, 2010. Users can select "before" imagery, select a ...

2010 Haiti Earthquake Satellite photos

GeoEye
This half-meter resolution satellite image shows Port-au-Prince, Haiti after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the area on Jan. 12, 2010. The image clearly shows extensive damage, roads covered with ...

Haiti Earthquake Maps and Data - Google Earth Library

This page includes links to all kinds of spatial data on the Haiti earthquake. Along with a few Google Earth (kmz) files, links are also provided to general maps of Haiti as well as seismic maps.

First Satellite Map of Haiti Earthquake

This page from the European Space Agency links to a high-resolution satellite photo of Port au Prince after the earthquake. Roads, airports, hospitals, and other major building locations are plotted ...

1 2 3 Next»

New TTE Logo Small

Spatial Thinking resources from across Teach the Earth »

Spatial Thinking resources from Teach the Earth include:

or search