Climate change

In this section you can find resouces, lesson plans, video about climate change and its conseguences, such as global warming, glaciers melting, extreme events, biodiversity loss..

7. Earth monitoring

Earth monitoring - students level K10-12

Goals

- learn how our planet is constantly monitored by integrated systems which collecte and integrate data from satellite, aircraft, and ground or underground sensors .
- learn how satellite images obtained at different wavelengths help to identify Earth surface features
 -learn basic analytical procedures and apply them to imagery data
-know the cutting-edge space technologies to learn more about the interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and Earth’s interior

Subject 

Earth Science, Physics

Students age

16-18 y 

Description

Activity1:

Our planet is changing on all spatial and temporal scales and studying the Earth as a complex system is essential in understanding the causes and consequences of climate change and other global environmental concerns. The purpose of Earth Science Research and Analysis Program is to advance our scientific understanding of Earth as a system and its response to natural and human-induced changes and to improve our ability to predict climate, weather, and natural hazards. These components involve multiple, complex, and coupled processes that occur on a continuum of spatial and temporal scales and affect climate, air quality, water resources, biodiversity, and other features that allow our Earth to sustain life and society.The Earth monitoring missions are designed to improve our understanding of Earth and  use cutting-edge space technologies to learn more about the interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere. These integrated systems  collecte and integrate data from satellite, aircraft, and ground or underground sensors and are part of international collaboration, like 

the NASA missions such as the Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS)

or 

the ESA mission


such as Copernicus


Sentinel1                   Sentinel2                   Sentinel3


Lab. Activity1           A view from above


Lab. Activity 2      Read the document

                                Download your images from  Copernicus Open Access Hub

                                Analyze them using  Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP)


Earth monitoring - students level K 8 -10

Goals

- learn how our planet is constantly monitored by integrated systems which collecte and integrate data from satellite, aircraft, and ground or underground sensors .
- learn how satellite images obtained at different wavelengths help to identify Earth surface features
 -learn basic analytical procedures and apply them to imagery data

Subject 

Earth Science, Physics

Students age

14-16 y 

Description

Activity1:

Students should define a climate problem that they would like to investigate, based on questions that arise from their school studies and from observations in their local environment.  Students will have to plan their investigation of the problem, including data collection and, if applicable, data comparison from different sources. Then they should propose possible actions to help  reduce the identified climate problem


Activity2:
Students will collect, analyse and compare data to draw a conclusion about the problem they are investigating.  Such data can either be satellite or ground-based data retrieved from professional sources, or data obtained from measurements by the students, or a combination of them.

Lab. Activity 1       EO Browser, an online tool to freely access satellite images
                                 https://apps.sentinel-hub.com/eo-browser/


Lab. Activity 2       You can  use Sally Ride EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge 
                                Acquired by Middle school students) which is a NASA educational outreach 
                                program that enables students, teachers, and the public to learn about Earth from
                                the unique perspective of space.