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Browse Societal Applications Resources

Browse Societal Applications Resources

Person in the desert
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This website describes a study that is being conducted to understand the complexities of rainfall patterns and their effects on food security and human mobility.
Monitoring Floods and Fires During the Summer of 2011
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See Landsat images before and after these natural disasters.
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View before and after images of natural disasters and human impact in various locations around the world.
Using Satellites to Track Water
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Faisal Hossain, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Tennessee Technological University, uses NASA satellite data to help Bangladeshi authorities monitor their water resources and prepare for water-related disasters.
Farmer holding dry soil
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This NASA video segment highlights the impact of drought on a global scale. Viewers learn that during a drought the risk of fire increases. Fire produces soot and ash that travel across continents via the trade winds.
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Design and build a water filtration system and collect data to compare water before and after filtration.
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A basic introduction to meteorology, including inquiry activities and instructions to build and use weather instruments for a weather station, collect data, and predict weather systems.
Exploring the Environment: Human Health Effects
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Understanding the mechanisms behind potential climate changes will allow accurate predictions of impacts to human health and the social and political factors which will affect the well-being of millions of Earth’s inhabitants.
Exploring the Environment: Drought Problem
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This problem-based learning module takes students through a real-world scenario drought in Texas and has them use satellite images and other actual data to answer questions about how Texas and other states should respond to the situation.
Diagram of an estuary
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Learn how NASA uses Earth observing satellites to monitor conditions in the Chesapeake Bay over time. Information about pollution, eutrophication, land cover and watershed runoff helps water managers enact policies to improve the health of the Bay.

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