Taking the Pulse of the Planet KS4 (European Space Agency)

Taking the Pulse of the Planet KS4 (European Space Agency)
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Satellites offer a unique global perspective on the Earth’s climate. Earth observation satellites take daily images that reveal a wealth of detail about our changing planet and we now have over three decades of observations describing some of the most important climate variables. These are essential for setting up climate models and checking their accuracy.

This printable pack contains three ready-to-use activities suitable for use in school, with youth groups or at home:
– An introductory text describing orbits used for Earth observation satellites with a framework for producing an infographic about one of these.
– An activity using a smartphone, image processing software and simple mathematics to prompt thinking about the detail available in satellite images.
– Using real climate data to investigate El Niño and La Niña.

This is one of a range of packs produced by the ESA Climate Office and available from https://climate.esa.int/en/educate/
Further ESA resources for teaching about climate can be found at https://climatedetectives.esa.int/classroom-resources/

Downloads / Files

ESA-CCI-Education-Resource-Pack-EarthPulse-Orbits_v1.3.pdf