2013 Education Track, AmericaView: Who we are and what we can do for you by Carolyn Ownby


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AmericaView (www.AmericaView.org) is a nationwide partnership of remote sensing scientists who support the use of Landsat and other public domain remotely sensed satellite data through applied remote sensing research, K-12 and higher STEM education, workforce development, and technology transfer. Our primary goal is to support the many beneficial uses of remote sensing in service to society.

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2013 Education Track, AmericaView: Who we are and what we can do for you by Carolyn Ownby

  1. 1. AmericaView Who we are and what we can do for you Carolyn Ownby ColoradoView Coordinator USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program Colorado State University
  2. 2. Overview AmericaView is a national, 39-state non-profit consortium working to promote the understanding and utilization of remotely sensed data throughout the United States. Funding is awarded on an annual basis and is subject to peer and USGS review. Teachers gather ground reference data to check the accuracy of their land cover map. http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  3. 3. What does AmericaView do? • Serves educational institutions (K–12, community colleges and universities) through teacher workshops and expanded course offerings • Provides workforce development though local and state workshops • Provides state satellite data free of cost and in easily-used formats • Supports other (non-USGS) federal agencies (e.g., BLM, BIA, NPS, USDA, NASA) thus increasing efficiency and effectiveness • Has improved response to disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tornados in member states through networking and cooperative work • Undertakes applied research on natural resources, including forests, grasslands, agricultural systems, and coastal zones http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  4. 4. History • 1998: Began as a pilot project to overcome Landsat data access challenges. (Ohio) • 2000: Congress directed the USGS to expand nationally. • 2003: AmericaView was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  5. 5. Today http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  6. 6. Why Join the Consortium? • Pooled resources and NETWORKING! • Place to ask questions, find new lab material, keep up with research, and get mentoring. http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  7. 7. Program Areas • • • • Imagery and Data Resources Technology Research Education and Outreach http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  8. 8. Program Areas: 1 of 4 Imagery and Data Resources • StateViews provide – public domain archive links – state specific data http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  9. 9. Program Areas: 2 of 4 Technology • Wiki page for idea exchange • Multi-State delivery project • REDDnet http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  10. 10. Program Areas: 3 of 4 Research • Scholarly exchange of insights and experiences; • Developing and sharing of applied research expertise and resources; • Fostering and developing collaborative applied research and infrastructure projects; http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  11. 11. Program Areas: 4 of 4 Education and Outreach • Outreach: raising awareness of the uses of remote sensing technology in service to society • Education: Committee mission to support consortia members interested in geospatial education, training, and professional development http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  12. 12. AV Education Portal • Expected by 2014 • Goal: consolidate AV-generated educational resources into one easily accessible and useable location. • 125 Higher Ed Materials • 76 K-12 Materials http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  13. 13. Mulitspec • • • • Tool for analyzing multispectral imagery Developed by IndianaView Alternative to Imagine or ENVI Free A classification result in color thematic map form. http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  14. 14. AV Online University • Under Development • Online Course Platform (like WebCT) • Intro to Remote Sensing Course (GeorgiaView & TexasView) • Courses can be used as is, or • Copied & adapted for individual needs http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  15. 15. Earth Observation Day • Earth Observation Day is a STEM educational outreach event of AmericaView and our partners. Celebrated in the Spring, the goal is to engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an exciting and powerful educational tool. http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  16. 16. Landsat in K-12 Education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are the most obvious disciplines for Landsat application, but images can also be used in geography, social studies, and history. Dating back to 1972, the Landsat series of satellites provide the most continuous and comprehensive record of Earth’s surface features, allowing students to explore changes occurring in their local neighborhoods, and around the world. http://www.americaview.org/
  17. 17. Lesson Ideas and Plans Map Scale • • • • (6-12) (CA-View) Uses Google Earth 15 minutes prep, 30 minutes class time Fully guided with questions & examples http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  18. 18. Lesson Plans & Ideas Land Use and Land Cover Each student completed a Land Use / Land Cover Map of a U.S. college or university. Then they compared their results with other students and discussed how landscapes may influence students’ decisions to attend a particular school. Purple Buildings Dark green Trees Bright green Grass Grey Parking lots Orange Stadiums Black highways
  19. 19. Lesson Ideas and Plans USGS Tracking Changes Over Time The objective of the Tracking Change Over Time lesson plan is to get students excited about studying the changing Earth. Enhance students’ learning of geography, map reading, earth science, and problem solving by seeing landscape changes from space. Seminole and Pathfinder Reservoirs, WY Normal & Drought years, 1986 vs. 2002 1986 2002 http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  20. 20. Lesson Ideas and Plans Tutorials ColoradoView offers several tutorials on field measurements, remote sensing & GIS topics, and performing geospatial modeling. Examples: • How to calculate vegetation indices • How to download & decompress Landsat Data • Create Euclidean Distance from a Water Layer http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  21. 21. Lesson Ideas and Plans Watershed Tutorial • Provided by MarylandView, covers: – What is a Watershed, Stream Order, Subwatershed? – Basin vs. Non-basin Drainage – Stream Functions and Urbanization http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  22. 22. Lesson Ideas and Plans Spectral Reflectance • Eighth graders measure and analyze the spectral reflection pattern of live and dead plant leaves “This hands-on exercise helped me to understand electromagnetic radiation by showing me that it is used in everyday life by a lot of different careers. It was interesting and showed me science is more than formulas.” http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  23. 23. Lesson Ideas and Plans Impervious Surfaces Tutorial (MarylandView) • Effects of Imperviousness • Water Quality Impact • Microclimate Impact http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  24. 24. Cost What’s in it for AmericaView? We want your success stories! Your testimonials are critical to USGS funding Example, WyomingVeiw Intern Claire Hudson: I recently graduated with a B.S. in biology and am going on to get my M.S. in botany. My project, funded by WyomingView, used MODIS images to characterize the relationship between NDVI and ambient temperature in two forest types in the Snowy Range Mountains, WY, and examined how the relationship changed with bark beetle attack. This project was my first experience working with remotely sensed images, and taught me how large-scale satellite images can be used to determine ecological relationships at a smaller scale. The skills I acquired working with remotely sensed images during this project will continue to serve me throughout my graduate studies and in my future career. http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org
  25. 25. Thank you! Carolyn Ownby ColoradoView Coordinator USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program Colorado State University http://www.americaview.org http://coloradoview.org http://uvb.nrel.colostate.edu/UVB http://www.americaview.org/ http://ColoradoView.org