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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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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. -

Gone Fishing part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives This lab activity introduces students to overfishing, using Georges Bank groundfish as ...

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 the Ocean Surface with Data from the Global Drifter Program part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
Buoy Data from the Global Drifter Program (more info) provide real-time and historical data for over 1000 global drifter buoys. Data monitored include buoy position and sea surface temperature (SST).

Ocean Stratigraphy Challenge part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
A 15-20 minute think-pair-share activity interpreting a deep-sea sediment core combining concepts from oceanography, sedimentology, and plate tectonics. -

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 ...

Realtime equatorial Pacific Tao buoy data part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides realtime buoy data from an interactive map of NOAA TAO buoy locations. The TAO array is a major component of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Observing System, the ...

OSCAR: Ocean Surface Current Analyses part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The OSCAR Java-based program provides near-realtime ocean surface currents derived from satellite altimeter and scatterometer data. From this site, users can download data, and view interactive ...

UniData: Integrated Data Viewer part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) is a Java based software framework for analyzing and visualizing geoscience data. The IDV brings together the ability to display and work with satellite imagery, ...

ReefBase, A Global Information System on Coarl Reefs part of SERC Web Resource Collection

ReefBase is an online information system dedicated to coral reefs. The site aims to facilitate sustainable management of coral reefs and related coastal/marine environments. Included are data and ...


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