Geospatial Lab Exercise
Aerial and Space
Imagery Search


Your assignment is to search World Wide Web sites in order to locate and describe aerial or space imagery of selected features. You may utilize pictures from any type of remote sensing instrument—film or digital camera, multispectral scanner, thermal imager, radar system, etc. These images could be acquired from either manned or unmanned platforms—blimp, kite, airplane, satellite, space station, etc. For each feature you should give the following information—the so-called metadata.

Focus your search for primary imagery sources from NASA, U.S. Geological Survey, and other governmental or university sites that provide image metadata. Do not utilize TerraServer or Google Earth for this lab exercise; these are secondary sources that do not provide sufficient metadata about their images.

Locate and describe these features

  1. A major city in Asia.

  2. Transportation network, such as railroad switching yard, highway interchange, or major airport, in North America.

  3. Wind-energy farm or complex in Europe.

  4. A lake, river or wetland complex in Africa.

  5. An erupting (active) volcano from the southern Pacific region (south of Equator).

  6. Tropical forest from South America.

  7. Irrigated farmland from the Middle East.

  8. Glacier, ice cap or pack ice from the northern hemisphere.

  9. Smoke from any kind of fire, such as: prairie, agricultural, forest, oil, etc.

  10. A desert scene from Australia.

Download one digital image of the single marked item above.

Note: You may not use any images from any ESU webpages. Confine your search to remotely sensed imagery; do not submit topographic maps or other types of maps.

Turn in via e-mail

This lab is double credit—10 features worth 2 points each.

Return to syllabus or schedule.
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