Adapting to Change Life from Above
In these activities, students will analyze the role of satellites in making informed conservation decisions. Examining the success story of a collaboration between geospatial scientists and local village leadership, students will have the opportunity to analyze, evaluate, and reflect on their own community’s land use decisions.
Satellite Imagery and Biodiversity Life from Above
Satellite imagery allows us to expand our perspective on planet Earth. Satellite technology allows scientists to make critical decisions about conservation, track patterns of species movement, and better understand how species interact with each other. Students will watch two short video segments from Life From Above. In these clips, we see satellite imagery showing two elephant populations struggling to survive for different reasons.
Earth System; Satellites
While the Moon is Earth's only natural satellite, there are thousands of artificial satellites circling our planet for navigation, communications, entertainment, and science. These satellites are an integral part of our everyday life, and they provide a source for scientific data unavailable from Earth's surface. This video segment adapted from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center describes some of the different kinds of satellites that orbit Earth.
Satellites Orbiting the Earth
In recent years, there has been a push to better understand how Earth works as a system — how land, oceans, air, and life all interact. Satellites in orbit around Earth are a fast and efficient way of gathering remotely sensed data about the planet as a whole. This animation adapted from NASA shows the orbital paths of the satellites in the Earth Observing System.
NOVA: Earth System Science
NOVA's Earth system science collection highlights important Earth processes normally invisible to the human eye.
A new digital platform where students can actively participate in the scientific process.
NOVA: North American Sky Tour
Learn about the geological history of North America in this video from NOVA Digital. Google Earth flyovers and visualizations from NOVA's Making North America illustrate how particular locations, landscapes, and life forms have changed through time.