Earth Science Data Visualizations - How to Read a Heat Map

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Satellite imagery of sea-surface temperatures

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)


This activity shows students how to read and interpret a common data representation, the heat map. Students will examine heat map representations of Earth science data over time, discuss trends and compare data sets in order to assess potential correlation.

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