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The World Resources Institute

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Frontiers in Forest Monitoring: Introduction to Satellite Monitoring

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  • This video explains the basics of Global Forest Watch, a nonprofit organization that uses satellites and automatic data processing to identify areas of deforestation in real-time. 

Positives

  • Students will enjoy the beautiful animations throughout the video.
  • The video highlights the contributions of the World Resources Institute in monitoring the world's forests.
  • Students will learn how satellite technology can be used to remote sense the rate of deforestation globally and collect real-time data to protect forests on a global scale.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Many students will be shocked at the statistic that "the world's forests are being destroyed at a rate of fifty soccer fields per minute." Feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, or shock are normal and natural.

Differentiation

  • After students view the video and understand the rate of global deforestation, they can use the information to propose urgent local actions on forest protection and tree planting.
  • Students could download the Forest Watcher app and work in groups to collect data on local forests.

The video highlights the contributions of the World Resources Institute in monitoring the world's forests. Using satellite technology to remote sense the rate of deforestation globally and collect real-time data is a good innovation. This video is recommended for educators to teach students to understand the rate of deforestation globally and to take urgent local actions on forest protection and natural resource and biodiversity conservation.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
      • D2.Eco.1.9-12 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.6-8 Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.1.9-12 Use geospatial and related technologies to create maps to display and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.11.9-12 Evaluate how economic globalization and the expanding use of scarce resources contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among countries.
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