How can we grow smarter? Investigating Urban Sprawl and Land Cover Change in the Classroom


This resource consists of an interdisciplinary unit using remote-sensing techniques and data (Landsat, aerial photos, and MultiSpec image processing software) to investigate urban sprawl and its consequences in the Washington, D.C. region. The unit design can be customized to suit other problems besides urban growth using the same techniques. The lessons can be implemented in only the science classroom or in an interdisciplinary manner.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Biology
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources, Biosphere, Earth surfaceKeywords: urban sprawl, Land Use and Classification, Remote Sensing (Active and Passive)