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Resources for Developing Geospatial Curriculum

Mark Alonzo
Earlier this year I wrote a post which mentioned the iGETT program, which is a National Science Foundation funded program geared towards instructing teachers on how to prepare geospatial curriculum.  While at the American Geophysical Union Fall Conference last week, I searched for other programs that teach using imagery.  What I found was a program run by University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) called The COMET® Program. According to their website, COMET® “is a world-wide leader in support of education and training for the environmental sciences, delivering scientifically relevant and instructionally progressive products and services.”  Included among the many learning modules are Satellite Monitoring of Atmospheric Composition and Remote Sensing Using Satellites, 2nd Edition. Institute_Environmental_Physics

Much of the data and imagery in the modules I’ve looked into appear to be from NOAA and CIMMS and the description has them geared towards either high school or undergraduate level course work.

In addition to the modules, the program also provides communities where educators can share resources and ideas.  As satellites go up and image analysis software becomes more common, sites like this continue to be a valuable resource. What is great about all of this is that it is free for educational purposes.  I’m often asked by GIS professors, who are beginning to introduce remote sensing curriculum, where they can find materials for teaching, and The COMET® Program is certainly worth a look. What curriculum resources are you using? "The source of this material is the COMET® Website at http://meted.ucar.edu/ of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), sponsored in part through cooperative agreement(s) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). ©1997-2011 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. All Rights Reserved."

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