Earth Observatory Global Maps

Yoram Kaufman, NASA

The Earth Observatory data and images page provides an interactive way to view some of the dynamic processes on our planet. For a variety of datasets, users select the time period, and the data is then displayed as colors on a world map. Data can be displayed for a single time period or over a range of time, producing an animation. For example, the snow and ice cover dataset shows the advance and retreat of snow cover and sea ice as the seasons progress. Most of the datasets begin in 1978 and extend to the present. Data is arranged into topics of atmosphere, oceans, land, life on earth, and heat and energy. Within each category are several more specific categories to chose from, such as precipitation, vegetation, fires, ozone and outgoing heat radiation. These images would be very useful in presentations. There is also an image archive featuring fascinating high-resolution imagery of various events and processes from all over the globe.

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Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Geology, Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Hydrology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Biology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological
Resource Type: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Tools, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Maps, Datasets and Tools:Datasets, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Special Interest: Visualization
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Data Derived: Data Derived
Data Source: Synthetic/Model Data, Real-Time Data, Observational Data
Ocean Environments: Surface Waters
Science Background Required: Broadly accessible
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science, Biogeoscience