Urban Heat Island Effect
Urban Heat Island Effect- GLOBE Surface Temperature Field Campaign focuses on looking at the impact urbanization has on the Earth’s surface temperature and how the surface temperature changes the dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere. Studying the energy cycle is fundamental to understanding how the Earth’s spheres function within its system. The surface temperature measurements contribute data a) not normally collected by weather agencies, b) for climate studies and c) for ground-truthing satellite data.
GLOBE Learning Activities:
Land, Water and Air
Overview: Students measure temperature change in soil, water and air as they are exposed to the heating action of the sun.
What is Your Climate Classification?
Overview: To help students become familiar with the Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification system. Students will also understand that climates can be broadly classified using a system that is based upon specific variables: air temperature and precipitation.
Seasonal Change on Land and Water
Overview: The class reviews global visualizations of incoming sunlight and surface temperature and discusses seasonal change. Students use the visualizations to support inquiry on the differences in seasonal change in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, culminating in an evidence-based argument about why one hemisphere experiences warmer summers although it receives less total solar energy.