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Science education through earth observation for high schools


Earth observation from space is relevant in science education already in high schools since it sharpens the sensibility to the natural environment and thus stimulates the willingness to learn of its relevance to everyday life conditions. This covers a broad field of experience, ranging from daily weather data to long-term climate change, from local nature to environmental hazards, with local relevance but also global systems and their interconnection. It makes also aware of the need to use most modern scientific and technical methods to obtain this information.

With more than 250 members, the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories has high expertise in earth observation from space. Based on their research results, internet-based e-learning tutorials will be developed on selected topics in earth observation. The tutorials will be realised at first in the English language. At a later stage they will be translated into other European languages, by means of modern technical language translation tools but with added human control, to make them useable in Europe and beyond. The project covers many disciplines such as physics, mathematics, biology, geography and engineering, and focuses on the interdisciplinary character of remote sensing.

Students will connect local personal observations to global perspectives, and will thus gain an understanding for the techniques needed to receive and interpret these data. Its results are thus suitable to achieve scientific literacy, which belongs to the key scientific education standards. Making earth observation with remote sensing an element of science education provides a basis for using environmental monitoring in the work-life subsequently.

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