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Using Data to Teach the Ocean System

This collection of web sites contains data-rich resources that can be used for developing teaching materials. This is a subset drawn from our larger collection, Using Data in the Classroom. Please suggest data-rich resources that you think would be useful in teaching oceanography.


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Visualizing Carbon Pathways part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Carbon
DATA: NASA Satellite Images TOOLS: ImageJ and Image Composite Explorer (ICE) of NASA Earth Observations (NEO). SUMMARY: Build animations of satellite data to illustrate and explore carbon pathways through the Earth system.

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Exploring Seafloor Topography part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Sea Floor
DATA: Digital Elevation Model Data. TOOL: GeoMapApp. SUMMARY: Explore a timeline about how we have learned about the oceans. Construct a profile across the Atlantic Ocean and create 3-D visualizations of the seafloor.

What is the fate of CO2 produced by fossil fuel combustion? part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A box model is used to simulate the build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during the industrial era and predict the future increase in atmospheric CO2 levels during the next century.

Water Quality-Total Dissolved Solids part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Data:Examples
Students use a microcomputer connected to a conductivity probe to measure the total dissolved solids in local area water samples. -

And On His Farm He Had Some Fish part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Investigation Summary and Learning Objectives Aquaculture is the most rapidly growing food-production industry in the ...

Ocean Circulation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Data:Examples
Students view and analyze buoy, satellite, temperature vs. depth data to learn about ocean circulation and how is related to atmospheric circulation. -

Exploring Oceanography in the Classroom Using Data from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) provides near real-time, quality controlled, oceanographic data in many places on it's website. Four of the main datasets include: mooring, mapping, MUSE ...

Exploring Mote Marine Laboratory Oceanography Data in the Classroom part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
Transect station data from the Phytoplankton Ecology Program at the Mote Marine Laboratory provide processed data in graphical form illustrating salinity, temperature, fluorescence, and density for a transect ...

Exploring Oceanographic Data in the Classroom Using the Laboratory for Ocean Color Users part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
Data from NASA's Laboratory for Ocean Color Users is intended to provide a guided pathway to aid in the utilization of ocean color data for oceanographic and environmental research. Ocean color data provides ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Mark Chandler Columbia University/NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. - EdGCM is a full-scale, 4-D, student-friendly, global climate model (GCM) that runs on inexpensive desktop computers, which allows ...

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