Satellite images on duty during natural disasters

Tsunami – When waves change everything

Natural disasters pose a threat to habitats: Settlements get destroyed, agricultural areas get flooded, coastlines get fundamentally modified. Satellite images visualise such ramifications. In interpreting these images, the pupils are able to determine and evaluate risks and damages for nature and humans. The 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean constitutes the central element of this teaching unit, in which the pupils are working with an interactive computer module.

 


Form
789
Time required
3 - 4 lessons
Level
2: easy
Recommended Prior Knowledge

none

Authors

Roland Goetzke

Henryk Hodam

Caroline Kraas

Kerstin Voß

Topics

ascertainment of loss
change detection
classification
earthquake
natural hazards
tsunami

Goals

The pupils will get to know the significance of natural disasters.

They improve their spatial perception and assessment.

The pupils ought to be able to describe the development and origins of tsunamis.

The pupils get to know the potentials of remote sensing as a tool for damage assessment.