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ERIC Number: EJ727876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Satellite Remote Sensing of Coral Reefs: By Learning about Coral Reefs, Students Gain an Understanding of Ecosystems and How Cutting-Edge Technology Can Be Used to Study Ecological Change
Palandro, David; Thoms, Kristin; Kusek, Kristen; Muller-Karger, Frank; Greely, Teresa
Science Teacher, v72 n6 p51 Sep 2005
Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet, providing sustenance to both marine organisms and humans. Yet they are also one of the most endangered ecosystems as coral reef coverage has declined dramatically in the past three decades. Researchers continually seek better ways to map coral reef coverage and monitor changes over time. In recent years, satellite remote sensing has become a popular and effective mapping tool for ecological studies, especially in marine science. In this article, the authors present a lesson plan for high school science students that demonstrates how marine scientists use satellite remote sensing to gather detailed information about coral reefs worldwide. Before discussing the lesson plan, they provide an in-depth review of both remote sensing and coral reefs. (Contains 11 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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