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Remote Sensing has a growing relevance in the modern information society. In the FIS-Project, we promote a more intensive use of Remote Sensing in school lessons in order to get pupils interested in natural sciences or engineering with fascinating satellite images and modern technology. The FIS-project is supported by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and is carried out by the Remote Sensing Research Group at the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn (Germany) together with partners from secondary schools. Further information are integrated in our "Info-Sheet".

We are developing teaching materials covering a range of curriculum-specific topics in a problem-oriented and integrative manner:

 Geography  Biology  Physics
 Maths  Informatics  

Geography

Atmospheric Circulation

Topics: Atmospheric circulation and global wind systems, weather satellites, intertropical circulation, extratropical west wind circulation.

Age: 16-18 / Time required: 3 hours
Materials: Video with loop of weather satellite data, didactic commentary, worksheets, sample solutions.

 

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Atmospheric Circulation

Floods

Topics: Flooding as the result of physiogeographic situation and human actions, natural hazards and location choices, application of digital elevation models, fundamentals of geographic information systems (GIS)
Age: 12-14 & 14-16 / Time required: 2-3 hours
Materials:  learning module, didactic commentary, sample solutions,

 

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Haiti - Catastrophe Management from Space

Topics: Natural hazards, tsunamis, catastrophe prevention and effects, visual comparison of satellite
images, classification, and change detection.
Age: 12-14 / Time required: 3-4 hours
Materials: Learning module (computer based), didactic commentary, background information, homework

 

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Traces of Fire

Topics: Natural disasters, forest fires, stability and dynamics of ecosystems, photosynthesis, light, electromagnetic spectrum, satellite images, vegetation indices (focus on NDVI), time series analysis
Age: 16-18 / Time required: 3 hours
Materials: Learning module (computer based), didactic commentary

 

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Brown Coal - Land Use Change Through Surface Mining

Topics: Formation of brown coal and brown coal seams, economic relevance and social and ecological effects, surface mining, optical satellite imagery, digital elevation models, GIS
Age: 15-17 / Time required: 5 hours
Materials: Worksheets, didactic commentary, foils, photos

 

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Images to Maps

Topics:  Maps, land surfaces, satellite images, thematic maps, classification
Age: 9-12 / Time required: 2 hours
Materials: Learning module (computer based), didactic commentary

 

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Oases

Topics: Different oasis models, characteristics of satellite images and its diagnostic use, general
basics of remote sensing
Age: 12-16 / Time required: 1-2 hours
Materials: Learning module (computer based), worksheets, didactic commentary

 

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Tsunami

Topics: Natural hazards, tsunamis, catastrophe prevention and effects, visual comparison of satellite
images, classification, and change detection.
Age: 12-14 / Time required: 3-4 hours
Materials: Learning module (computer based), didactic commentary, background information, homework

 

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Biology

Traces of Fire

Topics: Forest fires, stability and dynamics of ecosystems, photosynthesis, light, electromagnetic spectrum, satellite images, vegetation indices (focus on NDVI), time series analysis
Age: 16-18 / Time required: 3 hours
Materials: Learning module (computer based), didactic commentary

 

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The Lesser Spotted Eagle - Up, Up and Away!

Topics:  Migrating birds, species extinction, seasonal change of vegetation, biomes, vegetation in satellite images, NDVI
Age: 9-12 / Time required: 2 hours
Materials: GoogleEarth files, GoogleEarth tutorial, worksheet, didactic commentary

 

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Informatics

Contrast

Topics: Introduction to satellite images: set-up and structure, data depth, radiometric resolution,
data formats, image enhancement, histograms
Age: 13-17 / Time required: 2 hours
Materials: Learning module (computer based), didactic commentary

 

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Maths

Pixel off the right Path

Topics: Linear functions, working with graphs in a coordinate plane, derivation of functional equations
from coordinate points, setting up functional equations
Age: 12-14 / Time required: 2 hours
Materials: Learning module (computer based), didactic commentary, worksheets

 

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Physics

Tracing the Invisible

Topics: Introduction to the topics light, radiation, reflection, absorption, and the electromagnetic spectrum
Age: 12-15 / Time required: 3-4 hours
Materials: Learning module (computer based), didactic commentary

 

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