Explore Earth: CCRI - Urban Surface Temperatures and Urban Heat Island Effects in Spanish | Temperaturas de la superficie urbana y efectos de la isla de calor
Thursday 07/29/2021
1:00 pm ET (10:00 am 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




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.

Dr. Samuel García Jr. serves as a NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist, Assistant Professor of Practice for the LBJ Institute for Education and Research. Dr. García helps facilitate professional development to both formal and informal STEM educators utilizing NASA resources with a specific focus on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. He also works with faculty serving in Minority Serving Institutions in developing STEM educational tools and resources for teachers to implement in their classrooms. Dr. García’s research agenda is geared towards community and educational change by creating healthy, equitable, and culturally responsive learning environments for traditionally underserved populations. Dr. García. earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, formerly University of Texas Pan American and holds a doctorate degree in School Improvement from Texas State University.