Explore Earth: CCRI - Urban Surface Temperatures and Urban Heat Island Effects
Thursday 04/08/2021
4:30 pm ET (1:30 pm PT)
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 9-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University in conjunction with NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is providing a 1-hour webinar.

Join us in a conversation about Urban Surface Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effects.  Throughout this unit, students learn how climate is changing in urban settings and produce mitigation solutions for city environmental concerns. Students explore climate simulation models and global temperature profiles; learn about remote sensing and investigate instruments on climate satellites; analyze remote sensing imagery and understand the urban heat island effect; collect land surface temperature and create a physical model that promotes the concept of the urban heat island and mitigation factors to include human action towards climate in urban settings.



Unit Plan on "Urban Surface Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effects" can be found here:




This unit plan has successfully passed NASA SMD Independent Product Review.


For more information about this unit or CCRI go thttps://www.giss.nasa.gov/edu/ccri/ or contact:


Alejandro Mundo | alejandro.a.mundo@nasa.gov

Matthew Pearce | matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov

Rosalba Giarratano | rosalba.n.giarratano@nasa.gov


Check out another CCRI Webinar occuring 4/1/2021 at 6pm ET

https://na.eventscloud.com/608634 on Blue Carbon 


Alejandro Mundo, a teacher at Kingsbridge International High School, developed the CCRI Unit Plan entitled “Urban Surface Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effects”, which has successfully passed NASA SMD Independent Product Review. He was under the mentorship of Dr. Christian Braneon.

Barbie Buckner is a 20+ year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate’s Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Her research interest included the impact of technology on student achievement and teacher behavior. Buckner recently served as a 2013-14 Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate where she collaborated with colleagues on learning, learning environments, boarding participating and workforce development. Barbie sees education as her calling and has spent her life sharing her love for learning with everyone around her. Knowing that today’s student will compete in a global economy, Barbie says that “It is imperative that today’s students are prepared with consistent rigorous and relevant standards that produce more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”