Kevin Spigel, Encyclopedia of the Earth
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- Use with younger students as classroom activity.
- Since related climate data is referenced (but not provided) in the activity, it would be a useful addition; and take the learning from observations of changes in vegetation in one locality to possible associations with regional changes in climate variables.
- Teachers should be sure to read the background provided in the links.
About the Science
- Solid introduction to the examination of Landsat images to study changes in vegetation with focus on one locality, Unity, Maine, over the 30-year period 1975-2005.
- Related climate data is referenced in the activity but does not appear in the available materials.
- Summer images were selected to acquire data near the time of maximum vegetation cover.
About the Pedagogy
- Activity designed as a skill-builder introduction to remote sensing, i.e., the use of local remote sensing data to detect changes in land cover over time.
- Could be done as a classroom activity for younger students, with some teacher support.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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