Exploring Your City from Space: Part 5 – Urban Heat Islands


The NASA Capacity Building Program (CBP) collaborated with Groundwork USA to host a series of trainings (December 2020 and April 2021) introducing satellite remote sensing and NASA resources for monitoring urban environments. The trainings provide resources, open-source information, and pre-recorded and live sessions to help guide and motivate high school students from all over the United States, to become involved with Earth science and Earth observations. Under the guidance of NASA mentors, a team of NASA interns developed live and pre-recorded sessions on subtopics of remote sensing that demonstrate how satellite data can be used to understand the environment. The team provided specific case studies addressed urban heat island effect, urban tree canopy, and urban flooding. The training also discussed general facts about NASA and provided professional development resources such as resume building and interview tips.

Applied Sciences Program helps people across the world use NASA data to solve big problems right here on Earth. We provide support and funding to help institutions and individuals make better decisions about our environment, food, water, health and safety. Learn more at the Applied Sciences website: https://appliedsciences.nasa.gov/

Earth observation is defined as the gathering of information on planet Earth’s physical, chemical and biological systems. There are many techniques to gather information on Earth’s changing climate through remote sensing, photographs, radar and sonar images, and more! To learn more about Earth Observations, be sure to check out GEOS (Group on Earth Observations) FAQ page for more general information: https://www.earthobservations.org/g_faq.html

Remote sensing is defined as the gathering of information from a particular distance. These techniques utilize remote sensors on satellites and aircrafts that detect and record reflected or emitted energy. To learn more about Remote Sensing, be sure to checkout NASA’s Earth Data site, providing a general background on this type of Earth observation: https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/backgrounders/remote-sensing

To learn more about the Capacity Building Program, be sure to visit their website: https://appliedsciences.nasa.gov/what-we-do/capacity-building to learn more about the interns as well as the CBP elements: ARSET, DEVELOP, and SERVIR.


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