Exploring the Tradeoffs of Surface Temperature Models
Using interactive maps that compare surface (skin) temperature data between MODIS and Landsat 8 satellites, students will learn about and describe the different characteristics of satellite data. Students will also describe the advantages and disadvantages of using two different satellites to study a phenomenon such as the Urban Heat Island Effect.
This interactive model is one of a three-part sequence of learning experiences related to the Creation of Urban Heat Islands. To maximize optimal learning outcomes, it is suggested to complete the series in the following order:
- Human Impact and the Creation of Urban Heat Islands Interactive Model
- Patterns in Earth's Surface Temperature Interactive Model
- Exploring the Tradeoffs of Surface Temperature Models (current page)
- Students will list and describe the different characteristics of satellite data.
- Students will describe the advantages and disadvantages of using two different satellites to study the Urban Heat Island Effect.
- What are the advantages and disadvantages to using MODIS Terra or Landsat 8 to study the Urban Heat Island Effect?
- Why might a scientist use two different satellites to study the same phenomenon?
- How does pixel size influence the scale at which you can study a phenomenon?
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Teacher Answer Key
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Supported NGSS Performance Expectations
- 3-5-ETS1-2: Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
- MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
- HS-ETS1-3: Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics as well as possible social, cultural, and environmenta