Monday, December 12, 2011

U.S. Federal Innovation 45: Monitoring How Warm the Ocean Is...A Free Lesson for GIS 

U.S. Federal efforts have been instrumental in setting up remote sensing technologies to monitor the status of Earth.

In this lesson developed by the Center for Image Processing in Education and Science Approach, students are introduced to satellite imagery as one approach that scientists use to study the ocean. Students view and analyze sea surface temperature (SST) data collected from satellites to: (1) compare sea surface temperatures (SSTs) measured near the West and East coasts of the United States; (2) observe seasonal changes in SST; (3) identify patterns in SST fluctuations related to latitude; and (4) infer the presence of major ocean currents.

To download the lesson material, visit the Science Approach website, register (if you haven't done so already), log in, and click Enter under the Materials and Subscriptions heading. Then, click the Free Software and Materials link. You'll find "How Warm is the Ocean" in the list.

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