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  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus


Images of Change

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  • NASA's Vital Signs library of satellite images showcases landscape changes over time due to a variety of factors such as floods, hurricanes, landslides, droughts, melting glaciers, etc. 
  • Before and after images can be viewed as a curtain/slide, toggle, or side-by-side. The images can be downloaded. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students can see how natural disasters and extreme weather events change the landscape.
  • The text provides context for the images.
  • There are over 200 pairs of images.

Additional Prerequisites

  • In order to see all of the images available, click on the four squares next to the main menu, at the top right. 
  • To view the text, click on the blue arrow next to the title.


  • This resource could be useful as a source of images for school projects, art classes, or classroom presentations.
  • Other resources about natural disasters and extreme weather include this lesson plan, this article, and this interactive map.
Scientist Notes
This resource shows before and after images from around the globe. It is important to note that some of these after images are the result of climate change, while others are not. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.
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