Part 1—Explore the Global Map Collection
Step 1 – Access Global Maps at NASA's Earth Observatory
- NASA's Earth Observatory provides satellite images, Earth news, and scientific background articles about our home planet. Access the NASA Earth Observatory (more info) website in a new window.
- On the Earth Observatory Home page, click the Global Maps tab that appears just below the page banner.
- On the Global Maps page, scroll down and view the selection of maps available.
Step 2 – Explore and Interpret Animations of Global Datasets
Reduced-size single frame from a paired animation comparing vegetation on land to land surface temperature. Click image for a larger view.
Each of the Global maps contains a ready-to-explore animation. Each frame of the animation shows one month of data. Beside each map there is a list of related maps to compare.
- Scroll down the list of Global maps and select the Vegetation map. Then click Land Surface Temperature under the Related Maps heading. You will now have two maps displayed in your browser window. You can step through the animation in this window, or you can click the link to Download a Quicktime animation of this comparison. Depending on your browser settings, you will be able to view the animation online, or from a downloaded file.