Science Education through Earth Observation for High Schools (SEOS)

Aims of the project

Earth observation by means of remote sensing is relevant in science education 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 climatic conditions, landcover changes, marine pollution or environmental hazards as well as their interconnection to name but a few.

With more than 250 members, many of them university institutes, the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) has high expertise in earth observation using remote sensing techniques. Based on their research results, internet-based eLearning tutorials will be realised on selected topics in earth observation. During the two-year project period, beginning on 1st August 2007, the eLearning tutorials will be developed and tested in co-operation with several partner high schools.

The project covers many disciplines such as physics, biology, geography, mathematics and engineering, focusing on the interdisciplinary character of remote sensing. Students will connect personal observations to global perspectives, and will gain an understanding for the techniques needed to receive and interpret these data. The project therefore aims to convey scientific literacy, which belongs to the key education standards. In the first instance the tutorials will be realised in the English language, with special care to didactics to make them suitable for high school teachers and students. At a later stage the tutorials will be translated into other European languages.

Integrating earth observation with remote sensing as an element of science education in high schools provides a basis for subsequently using environmental monitoring in working life. Therefore, the tutorials meet also the demands of training courses for the users of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) services. The UNESCO will use the produced material for educational purpose in selected developing countries, hence extending the benefits of this project to an even larger audience.

Tutorials

Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
Module 1 A world of images

Geography and Biology
Module 2 Conservation of natural and cultural heritages
Module 3 Coral reefs
Module 4 Remote sensing and geo-information in agriculture
Module 5 Landcover / landuse change and land consumption

Physics and Monitoring Technology
Module 6 Understanding spectra from the earth
Module 7 Ocean colour in the coastal zone
Module 8 Currents in the ocean measured from space
Module 9 Remote sensing using lasers

Environmental Sciences, Hazards & Environmental Management

Module 10 3D models based upon stereoscopic satellite data
Module 11 Natural resources management
Module 12 Marine pollution

Mathematics, Statistics & Modelling

Module 13 Classification, algorithms and methods
Module 14 Modelling of environmental processes
Module 15 Time series analysis

Financial support

The project is funded under the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission.