This is a partially developed activity description. It is included in the collection because it contains ideas useful for teaching even though it is incomplete.

Initial Publication Date: February 12, 2008

Creating an integrated dataset for Long Island Sound using USGS data and the Fledermaus iView3D free viewer

Erin Heffron and Matt Arsenault
Topic: Exploring Long Island Sound via geospatial data


Create a 3D scene with all available data for New York. We think this datset can be used for many activities. Some ideas that could be developed:

-Location of contaminated sediment samples
-Changing shorelines/sea level rise
-Beach noursishment projects
-Glacial history


Our goal is to provide the data in easily useable formats so that teachers can focus on developing lesson plans and not on trying to get the data to work. Then they will be free to explore:

What can be learned from geospatial data........
Concepts of high and low resolution (sampling, sample size)
Data collection!!!
Physics of data collection--sounds waves in water
Limitations of information---ex. sediment samples vs. generalized sediment type maps


-We will provide contact information for users of the dataset; contact from teachers would be a positive sign that the dataset is being used.


Anything to back up the datsets:
-integration of other data
-"backup" information; ex. for contaminated sediment sample locations, EPA reports, etc documenting the sites would be a good addition
-any news info, media, etc. related to Long Island Sound