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Tracking change over time: river flooding

General Information Product 133-A

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DOI: 10.3133/gip133A

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Abstract

Landsat satellites have been capturing images of Earth from space since 1972. These images provide a long-term record of natural and human-induced changes on the global landscape. Comparing images from multiple years reveals slow and subtle changes as well as rapid and devastating ones. Landsat images are available from the Internet at no charge. Using the free software MultiSpec, students can track changes to the landscape over time—just like remote sensing scientists do!


The objective of the Tracking Change Over Time lesson plan is to get students excited about studying the changing Earth. Intended for students in grades 5-8, the lesson plan is flexible and may be used as a student self-guided tutorial or as a teacher-led class lesson. Enhance students' learning of geography, map reading, earth science, and problem solving by seeing landscape changes from space.

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Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Tracking change over time: river flooding
Series title:
General Information Product
Series number:
133
Chapter:
A
DOI:
10.3133/gip133A
Year Published:
2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description:
Tracking Change Over Time—River Flooding - Teacher: 4 p.; Tracking Change Over Time—River Flooding - Student: 2 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Illinois;Indiana
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
Y