Interactive Models

Exploring the Tradeoffs of Surface Temperature Models

Overview

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:

  1. Human Impact and the Creation of Urban Heat Islands Interactive Model
  2. Patterns in Earth's Surface Temperature Interactive Model
  3. Exploring the Tradeoffs of Surface Temperature Models (current page)

Teacher Note

 

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Learning Objectives

  • 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. 

Essential Questions

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages to using MODIS Terra or Landsat 8 to study the Urban Heat Island Effect?
  2. Why might a scientist use two different satellites to study the same phenomenon?
  3. How does pixel size influence the scale at which you can study a phenomenon?

Materials Required

Teacher Answer Key

Teachers who are interested in receiving the answer key, please contact My NASA Data from your school email address at larc-mynasadata@mail.nasa.gov

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