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Information from satellites if often used to display information about objects. This information can include how things appear, as well as their contents. Explore how pixel data sequences can be used to create an image and interpret it.



Scientifically-Interesting Story of Urban Heat Island

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Are you looking for a storyline to use with your students that features NASA data?  Consider using the following resources in your classroom today!

Use these resources with your students to show how humans can impact the temperature of Earth’s surface through changing land cover. This storyline evidences the Urban Heat Islands created near the Great Lakes region by analyzing surface temperatures.

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Are you looking for a storyline to use with your students that features NASA data?  Consider using the following resources in your classroom today!

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Scientifically-Interesting Storyline of Urban Heat Island
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An urban heat island is a phenomenon that is best described when a city experiences much warmer temperatures than in nearby rural areas. The sun’s heat and light reach the city and the country in the same way. The difference in temperature between urban and less-developed rural areas has to do with how well the surfaces in each environment absorb and hold heat.


Students identify kinds of land cover (such as roads, fields, urban areas, and lakes) in Landsat satellite images. They decide which land cover types allow the passage of water into the soil (pervious) and which types do not allow it (impervious).



Scientific data are often represented by assigning ranges of numbers to specific colors. The colors are then used to make false color images which allow us to see patterns more easily. Students will make a false-color image using a set of numbers.



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