MY NASA DATA – GLOBE Digital Earth System Poster


This digital GLOBE Earth system poster is provided by the MY NASA DATA project to extend the opportunities for learning. The digital poster provides data for additional years and also enables interactive exploration of the data in more detail. The Earth as a System images can be used with students to find patterns among different environmental data, understand the relationship among different environmental parameters, and understand how the data changes seasonally and over longer time scales. Click here to visit the MY NASA DATA Homepage

The GLOBE website has individual images, activities, and the original Earth System posters that were developed for teachers to help students explore the concepts of Earth as a System, find patterns and connections between and among maps containing different environmental data, and to understand the relationship between time and space in regard to global environmental data. The 1997 and 2007 posters, along with accompanying activities are here for you to download and use in your classroom.

If you would like to complete the original GLOBE activity that uses the static 2007 images, use this link.

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Insolation is the amount of incoming solar radiation (i.e., sunlight) reaching the Earth’s surface. These images are derived from measurements collected by the CERES instrument aboard, NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites.
The Surface Temperature shown here is the surface skin temperature derived from CERES measurements. The surface skin temperature is the radiating temperature of the surface and has also been defined as the temperature 2 cm into the surface. Over Ocean, this surface skin temperature corresponds to the Reynold’s sea surface temperature.
Cloud fraction is measured using MODIS aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. Cloud fraction is the fraction of Earth’s surface covered by cloud.
Total Rainfall is derived from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), which measures radar and microwave data that measure the vertical distribution of precipitation over the tropics in a latitude band between 35 degrees north and south.
Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) is measured by MISR aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. AOT is a non-dimensional measure of the amount of particulate matter suspended in the atmosphere.
The biosphere images are NDVI images MISR. Aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, MISR measures the NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) using a comparison of visible and infrared wavelength emission.
 
Credit and contact information: Imagery from the CERES EBAF-Surface data product, available here.
Credit and contact information: Imagery from the CERES SSF1deg data product, available here.
Credit and contact information: Imagery from the CERES SSF1deg data product, available here.
Credit and contact information: TRMM: Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission
Credit and contact information: ASDC Website.
Credit and contact information: ASDC Website.

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