Using NASA NEO and ImageJ to Explore the Role of Snow Cover in Shaping Climate

In this activity students download satellite images displaying land surface temperature, snow cover, and reflected short wave radiation data from the NASA Earth Observation (NEO) Web site. They then explore and animate these images using the free tool ImageJ and utilize the Web-based analysis tools built into NEO to observe, graph, and analyze the relationships among these three variables.

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B. Youngman
C. McAuliffe
R. Freuder
J. Lockwood
K. Ward
D. Herring
H. Riebeek
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter from TERC
Activity takes about three to four class periods. Computer access is necessary.

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Installation instructions are quite detailed and accurate.

Activity requires user to download the ImageJ program. It is freely available for Mac, Windows and Linux computers.

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