|Valley Junior High School Proposal
Teacher: Jay Klopfenstein
1. What is the topic of your investigation?
``EarthKAM Kids Examine Equatorial Deforestation with STS-89 Images''
2. What are some of the questions your students are asking about
Why are so many areas of the world's rainforests being cleared?
What is the impact of fires on humans and habitats in the rainforest?
How can the loss of habitat be measured using space borne images?
Why is so much burning taking place in the world's rainforests?
What are some Web applications that can be used to study rainforests?
How can space shuttle images help us understand the issue of habitat
3. What images will you need for your investigation?
We will need past and present images of equatorial rainforest locations,
such as of the Amazon, Belize, Indonesian Rainforests. We would like to
compare past and present images using Web tools like ArcView, NIH Image
and JNC mapping. We would like to investigate areas with major clearing
and loss of habitat.
4. Do you already have at least one EarthKAM image selected for
your investigation? If so, what does it show, and what is the ID #?
We have an image of Manaus, Brazil with a great deal of slash and burn
taking place around the Amazon river basin.
5. What new images will you try to get during the STS-89 mission
We would like to select images that are recognized areas showing recent
fire damage and deforestation.
6. What other sources of images will you use?
Our sources indicates that there are shuttle photos that we can use
from past missions and compare with those taken on this mission.
7. Describe the investigation, including what you will investigate
and how you will do the investigation.
The most dramatic and impressive pictures for our students from the
STS86 mission were the images of the fires around the city of Manaus, Brazil.
Subsequent research and news articles brought home to the students the
level of destruction and pollution occurring in the rainforest. Because
of these images and the fact that there was a high percentage of success
obtaining images of tropical regions, Valley students have chosen to focus
on examining the equatorial deforestation dilemma.
Our goal is to examine and explore the effects of deforestation on humans
and habitats in the equatorial rainforests. We will use ARCview, NIH Image,
JNC mapping, along with web site imaging tools to measure the extent of
destruction by highlighting burned and cleared areas on past and present
image maps. Comparative and computational analysis of captured images will
quantify the ecological effects taking place in these regions. Our findings
will be shared district wide and with the San Diego educational community
via conferences and school web site.
Our final product will be a digital diorama of images and models placed
in our school library and portable to other middle schools, along with
``EarthKAM Compact Disc Presentation'' of student analyzed images and findings.
8. What is your schedule for this research project?
We have started to gather news articles on the recent fires and drought
in Brazil and Indonesia. We will work with a large number of interested
students during our lunch hours and after school so that it is open campus
wide. We have a trained core of twenty students who are very good at selecting
sites, using maps, tracking orbits, analyzing cloud cover and researching
information on Shuttle imaging. We will work on this from December 2nd
- 19th and then again January 5th - 15th in preparation for the launch
January 15, l998.
9. How will this integrate with and support your local curriculum
It will fit right into our ``Earth Science Curriculum'' standards and
units we have prepared on protecting the environment.
10. What help do you think you will need as you do the research
We will need suggested web sites and images that relate to our investigation
of the ``Equatorial Deforestation Dilemma''. Also ways that we can analyze
the images using the latest computational tools on and off the Internet.
News articles and other research findings from these regions would be helpful
in our investigation also.