GeoMapApp Learning Activities Collection

Key Info
Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 

GeoMapApp Learning Activities are web-based, high-impact, ready-to-use learning modules. They are aimed at the K-12, community college and introductory university level. Each learning activity provides hands-on participation that allows students to enhance their learning experience through the exploration of geoscience data in a map-based setting. They range from short in-class activities to multi-class modules covering broader content.

GeoMapApp Learning Activities are tied to ESLI and NYS STEM and PS:ES standards and have a standard format:

Title, summary, intended learning outcomes
Prep time, grade level, required prior knowledge
ESLI and NYS standards and NY Regents questions
Step-by-step guide and teacher tips
Student instructions and "grading-friendly" answer sheet
Pre- and post- student quizzes
Ideas for further knowledge gain

GeoMapApp is an earth science exploration and visualization application that is continually being expanded as part of the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The application provides direct access to the Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) compilation that hosts high resolution (~100 m node spacing) bathymetry from multibeam data for ocean areas and ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) and NED (National Elevation Dataset) topography datasets for the global land masses.  

Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University
Access Cost: 
No fee
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
More info about
Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data visualization tools
Earthquake data
Expert guidance - Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements
Gridded data
Ocean data
Shape files
Swath bathymetry data
Tabular data
User guides for Earth science data
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Environmental Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University
Media Type - designation of the form in which the content of the learning resource is represented, e.g., moving image: 
Text - an explanation of a concept or a story using human readable characters formed into words, usually distinguished from graphical images.
Contributor Organization(s): 
Marine Geoscience Data System
Project administration and management
Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA)
Funding and sponsorship
Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management or data skills.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Learning Activity - guided or unguided activity engaged in by a learner to acquire skills, concepts, or knowledge that may or may not be defined by a lesson. Examples: data exercises, data recipes.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Graduate student
High school student
Middle school student
Undergraduate student
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)