|Have you ever seen one of those Internet photos in which the same people take pictures at the same place decades apart? It is always stunning how much time can change everything. Do you know we can do the same with our Earth? NASA satellite programs have been continuously collecting images of the Earth’s surface for more than 50 years. The data is free and there’re a ton of open-source tools that we can use to analyze the images. In this session, we will explore the changes to the Earth’s surface (deforestation, urbanization, mining, etc.) using satellite imagery and Google Earth Engine. The students will have the opportunity to choose a type of land change that they are interested in and map the change using a set of user-friendly tools designed specifically for middle/high school students. Through this session, students will observe the transformation of the landscape, identify objects in satellite images, understand image processing techniques, and create maps of land changes.
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