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Updated February 3, 2016
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Training & Education

Educational programs, such as short courses and web training, are periodically offered through NebraskaView and can be arranged for groups of 6 or more. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Other educational resources and links to free software are available at CALMIT.






Geospatial Educational Resources


Landforms Quiz. NASA created and NEView modified quiz uses USGS Earth As Art images to challenge middle achool students to recognize mountains, rivers, glaciers and other landforms as they are viewed with Landsat satellites.



Free ESRI GIS Software for K-12 Schools. ESRI announced on May 27, 2014 tha it will be providing free cloud-based mapping software to elementary, middle and high schools through a new grant program. Click herefor more information.

Quantifying Changes in the Land Over Time: A Landsat Classroom Activity (grades 7-10). This NASA-developed classroom activity enables students to analyze land cover change; helps them grasp the extent, significance, and consequences of land cover change; and introduces them to the perspective of space-based observations.

Interdisciplinary Climate Change Education Modules Available
NASA, has developed 8 self-contained modules for undergraduate general education on climate change.  The modules  using NASA data and web materials   is presently available on the Encyclopedia of Earth.  They include: 1) NASA Time Machine, 2) Climate Change Impacts on Colorado River water supply, 3) Seasonality, 4) Introduction to Remote Sensing Metrics, 5) Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing, 6) Ice Core Data, 7) Recent Climate Change, and 8) Climate Change and Wine.

Digital Image Classification Taught using Web-Based Interactive Learning - This online tutorial introduces a number of Digital Image Processes using an easy-to-follow, interactive presentation. Students are introduced to Preprocessing Techniques (Geometric Correction, Image Enhancement & Image Selection/ Band Selection), Image Classification (Supervised & Unsupervised), and Post Processing (Change Detection & Accuracy Assessment).

NASA Tutorial (middle and high school, undergraduate). Good introduction to Remote Sensing concepts, with examples of many varied applications, including Meteorology, Oceanography, Hydrology, Geography, Geology, and Astronomy. Also includes a section on GIS.

Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing Tutorials (high school, undergraduate). Concepts of Remote Sensing, including applications in agriculture, forestry, geology, hydrology, meteorology …

The GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) A worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment.

Satellite Meteorology Modules (middle and high school) Using satellite meteorology to introduce middle and high school students to geoscience, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics.

University of Illinois Online Guide to Remote Sensing (high school, undergraduate) Teaching Remote Sensing using modules on Radars and Satellites.

ASPRS Guide to Land Imaging Satellites (all levels) Overview of currently deployed satellites (as of 2/08) and their specifications.

NCGIA Core Curriculum (high school, undergraduate). Introduction to GIS concepts, with information for developing GIS curriculums.

Goddard Space Flight Center Landsat Program  Background information about the Landsat program, along with some examples of applications.

USGS Education Program  Educational activities in the form of lessons, pamphlets, posters, maps, books, CD-ROMs, web-based data, and in other forms, in the following disciplines: Career Planning in the Geosciences, Geography: Cultural and Physical, Cartography (Mapmaking), Geographical Information Science (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Natural Hazards, Aerial Photography and Satellite Imagery, Biology, Environmental Studies, Hydrography, Geology, Earth Systems Studies, and History.

NASA Earth Observatory Imagery and applications related to “Atmosphere, Oceans, Lands, Energy, and Life”.

Remote Sensing Image Galleries

EarthNow! Landsat Image Viewer . EarthNow! displays data received from the Landsat 7 satellite as it passes over North America.. When a Landsat satellite passes within range of the ground station at the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD, images are down-linked and displayed in 'near-real' time. When no satellites are within range, the most recent pass is displayed. This fascinating web site lets us 'see' what the satellite is seeing. A great site for educators, scientists, or anyone with an interest in satellite imagery.

USGS Earthshots Satellite Images of Environmental Change

USGS-EROS  Imagery from the Center for Earth Resources and Observation Science (EROS) in Sioux Falls, SD.

NASA's Gateway to Astronaut Photography  Photos taken by astronauts from the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center  Links to historic glacier photos, ice shelf and iceberg images.

NASA Visible Earth  NASA images and animations of Earth.

ASTER Gallery  ASTER satellite image gallery.

University of Wisconsin's Space Science and Engineering Center  Real-time satellite images and products.

MODIS Gallery  NASA MODIS satellite imagery from February 2000 to the present.

Free Viewers and Software for Remote Sensing Freeware and GIS

Google Earth  An extensive map archive combined with Google Search capabilities allows searching for and viewing satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings.

ArcGIS Explorer  Similar to Google Earth.

ArcExplorer 9.1 Java Edition GIS software application with many functions for K-12 education.

MultiSpec  Remote sensing application with many features for research and education.

Quantum GIS  Multi-platform Open Source GIS software.

Map Maker Gratis Software allows map production, but has more limited GIS functionality.

GeoCommunity Links to many sources of free GIS and Remote Sensing software.

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