Land Cover Resource Library

Activities

All Year Long Science Journal Activity

This activity shows how students will keep a science journal during each of the four seasons. Students will record observations of the general outdoor environment they visit and then will make observations of one specific item from the habitat in each season. At the end of the school year, students will make comparisons of their seasonal drawings and share their results with the class.


EO Kids: All the Colors of the Leaves

Explore in the colors of the leaves in this activity from page 3 of this EO Kids issue about how NASA sees the seasons change from space.


EO Kids: DIY Glacier

See how glaciers carve the landscape using sand, cornstarch and water in this activity on page 3 of the EO Kids issue about Glaciers.


EO Kids: DIY Landslide

See how earthquakes and intense rain can trigger landslides through a hands-on activity from this issue of EO Kids.


EO Kids: Mini Urban Heat Island

Use an infrared thermometer to record the temperature of different materials at different times to explore the urban heat island effect on page 13 of this issue of EO Kids.


Making A Map

An activity to guide you through making a map, including deciding on a purpose for the map, and adding elements such as a grid, a compass, a scale, a key, symbols, and labels that show how different things relate to each other.


Pace a Pixel Activity Guide

This activity allows you to make more detailed and quantitative measurements along four transects of a 50m by 50m square observation area (pixel) that can be compared with the percentages estimated using the GLOBE Observer: Land Cover tool and satellite-based maps.


About Land Cover

Land Cover Type Quick Reference Guide

Review different land cover types using this handy reference sheet, including example photos and tips.


Videos

25 Years of Forest Dynamics

[3:57] Forests are an important part of the carbon cycle. This video shows how the Landsat satellites are used to track changes in forests.

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GLOBE Observer Land Cover: Getting Started

[2:44] Learn how to take land cover observations using the GLOBE Observer app.

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Introducing GLOBE Observer Land Cover

[0:49] This short video introduces the Land Cover: Adopt-a-Pixel tool in the GLOBE Observer app.

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NASA eClips: Dr. Lola Fatoyinbo Agueh

[1:51] Dr. Lola Fatoyinbo Agueh, a Research Physical Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, shares her journey from her childhood to current career in a video from NASA eClips.


NASA eClips Real World: The Carbon Cycle

[5:43] Carbon is an essential building block for life. Learning how carbon is converted through slow- and fast-moving cycles helps us understand how this life-sustaining element moves through the environment. Discover how NASA measures carbon through both field work and satellite imagery keeping watch through its eyes on the sky, on Earth, and in space.

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Tracking Urban Change with Landsat

[3:10] This video explains how FEMA uses information about urban changes from Landsat satellite data to help determine flood risks.

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Why Observe: Land Cover

[7:41] This video explains what land cover is, why scientists use land cover observations from satellites, as well as why they need help from citizen scientists to collect data.

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Books

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Books for Kids

Books for Teens and Adults

Tutorials

GLOBE Observer Land Cover: Getting Started

[2:44] Learn how to take land cover observations using the GLOBE Observer app.

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Land Cover Introductory Tutorial

The short animation from the introduction to the Land Cover tool in the GLOBE Observer app, explaining the basics of how to make observations.