Biosphere Overview - Teachers Guide
The Biosphere is divided into natural and developed areas. Developed areas include urban and commercial areas, agricultural areas and transportation. Natural areas include many different natural habitats: deserts, forests, water bodies and the like. All living things––including humans––depend on their habitat or land cover for survival. Land cover provides shelter, food and protection. Land cover also has a direct effect on the kinds of animals that will likely inhabit an area.
Students and scientists investigate land cover through the collection of data using measurement protocols and using instruments that meet certain specifications in order to ensure that data are comparable. Learning activities aid in the understanding of important scientific concepts, the understanding of data and data collection methodologies.
The investigation appendix contains data sheets for all Biosphere protocols, clinometer sheets, MUC (Modified UNESCO Classification) practice examples, manual mapping tutorial, accuracy assessment tutorial, change detection tutorial, a MUC glossary of terms, a MUC system glossary and a glossary of terms. Additionally, data sheets (from the appendix) and field guides (from the individual protocols) are available individually.
The GLOBE Biosphere investigation is available in the six United Nations languages (select any of the following links to open the corresponding document): Arabic (2005 edition), Chinese (1997 edition), French (2005 edition), Portuguese (1997 edition), Russian (1997 edition), and Spanish (2005 edition).