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Ground-truthing Satellite Imagery with Drifting Buoy Data

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Ground-truthing ... is it even a word? The last installment of a five-part series analyzes how scientists collect sea surface temperature data. Scholars use government websites to compare temperature data collected directly from buoys and remotely using satellite imagery.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Allow the class to choose their own locations to investigate
Classroom Considerations
  • Request time in a computer lab, as you need both Internet access and printers for the activity
  • The lesson uses the same website as in the previous lesson; it is possible to combine portions of the two activities into one lab if time is an issue
  • Resource has tables for learners to organize their data
  • Teacher guide includes a list of websites for additional information
  • Links are outdated/broken