GLOBE Connections

Deforestation: GLOBE Learning Activities


These learning activities will help prepare students for collecting data and support the integration of MND with GLOBE in your curriculum.

Odyssey of the Eyes


Overview: Familiarize students with the importance of perspective and introduce students to various scales of remotely sensed data.Odyssey of the Eyes Beginning Level

Student Outcomes:

  • Symbols are alternative ways of representing data
  • Draw pictures that correctly portray at least some of the features of the thing being described
  • How to describe the student’s own region from different perspectives
  • How to display spatial information on maps and other geographic representations
  • The spatial concepts of location, distance, direction, and scale
  • Physical characteristics of places
  • How to make and use maps and to analyze spatial distributions and patterns


Overview: Familiarize students with the concept of modeling as it is related to remote sensing and to the process of digitizing images.Odyssey of the Eyes Intermediate Level

Student Outcomes: 

  • Scientists rely on technology to enhance the gathering and manipulation of data
  • Tables, graphs and symbols are alternative ways of representing data
  • Use numerical data in describing and comparing objects and events
  • Maps and satellite-produced images
  • Characteristics, functions, and applications of maps, globes, satellite images


Overview: Help students understand the connection between remote sensing technology, computer imagery and land cover assessment and to demonstrate how a satellite sensor relates information to a computerOdyssey of the Eyes Advanced Level

Student Outcomes:

  • Clear communication is an essential part of doing science 
  • Communications involves coding and decoding
  • Tables, graphs and symbols are alternative ways of representing data 
  • Maps and satellite-produced images
  • Observe, interpret and classify an image using the data given
  • Analyze how the image interpretation might differ between groups

Land Cover Change Detection Data Literacy Cube Map Icon

Overview: Using Multispec software, evaluate and investigate changes that have occurred in the major land cover types of your GLOBE Study Site by examining the digital files of two Landsat satellite images that were acquired a few years apart.Land Cover Change Detection

Student Outcomes: 

  • Earth has many different environments that support different combinations of organisms
  • All organisms must be able to obtain and use resources while living in a constantly changing environment
  • All populations living together and the physical factors with which they interact constitute an ecosystem
  • Humans can change ecosystem balance
  • How to use maps (real and imaginary)
  • The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems
  • Use land cover data and appropriate tools and technology to interpret change
  • Gathering spatial data and historical data to determine validity of change hypotheses

Manual Land Cover Mapping Data Literacy Cube Map Icon

Overview: Produce a land cover type map of the 15 km x 15 km GLOBE Study Site from hard copies of Landsat satellite imagesManual Land Cover Mapping

Student Outcomes: 

  • The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems
  • Show how humans modify the environment
  • Classify land cover and create a land cover type map
  • Evaluate the accuracy of land cover maps
  • Use appropriate mathematics to analyze data
  • Develop descriptions and predictions using evidence