Digital Earth Watch (DEW)
Plants are like
if they die, then other organisms will likely follow. By measuring the health of plants, we are
measuring the environmental conditions that affect all nearby organisms, including humans.
Modern technologies let us monitor plant health
using the proportions of light reflected from leaves. Combining this data with our
understanding and observations of plant behavior and physiology helps us to quickly assess the quality of the local
DEW brings together biology, physics, chemistry, technology, art, engineering, and math
in a project that predominantly supports field studies in middle to high school and self-guided education in environmental
science. Many tools such as free software and ideas for activities and student challenge questions are provided on this
DEW is a product of the NASA grant project Measuring Vegetation Health (MVH).
Explore activities and resources for
Digital Earth Watch:
SCIENCE OF PLANTS
TOOLS & TECHNOLOGIES