Interactive Models

Patterns in Earth's Surface Temperature

Overview

Using interactive maps of surface (skin) temperature and land cover classification in Austin, Texas, students will analyze how surface (skin) temperatures vary across a community and determine what factors contribute to this variation. Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to describe how human activity alters the local environment.

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 (current page)
  3. Exploring the Tradeoffs of Surface Temperature Models

Teacher Note

 

Surface (skin) temperature and land cover classificationClick Here

Learning Objectives

  • Students will analyze how surface (skin) temperatures vary among a community and determine what factors contribute to this variation.
  • Students will describe the relationship between surface (skin) temperature and surface air temperature.

Essential Questions

  • How does human activity affect the local environment?
  • What factors contribute to variation in surface (skin) temperatures across a community?
  • What factors affect air temperature in a community?

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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