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Web-based Resources for Teaching the Ocean System

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    Mix and match: how climate selects phytoplankton part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This is a research article from the journal Nature on the link between climate-driven physical processes and evolution of microbial communities in the ocean. Topics covered include oceanic nutrient ...

    Hurricanes as Heat Engines part of CLEAN Collection

    In this activity, students examine the effects of hurricanes on sea surface temperature using NASA data. They examine authentic sea surface temperature data to explore how hurricanes extract heat ...

    Climate Change and the Oceans part of CLEAN Collection

    This activity covers the role that the oceans may play in climate change and how climate change may affect the oceans. It is lesson 8 in a nine-lesson module Visualizing and Understanding the ...

    Changing Planet: Fresh Water in the Arctic part of CLEAN Collection

    This Changing Planet video documents scientists' concerns regarding how melting Arctic sea ice will increase the amount of fresh water in the Beaufort Gyre, which could spill out into the ...
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    The Thermohaline Circulation - The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt part of CLEAN Collection

    This NASA animation depicts thermohaline circulation in the ocean and how it relates to salinity and water density. It illustrates the sinking of water in the cold, dense ocean near Iceland and ...
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    Tropical Atlantic Aerosols part of CLEAN Collection

    Students use real satellite data to determine 1) where the greatest concentrations of aerosols are located during the course of a year in the tropical Atlantic region and 2) their source of origin. ...

    Gulf Stream Heat Budget and Europe's Mild Climate: A Problem-based Learning Activity part of CLEAN Collection

    In this role-playing activity, learners are presented with a scenario in which they determine whether the Gulf Stream is responsible for keeping northern Europe warm. They must also address the ...

    Using Satellite Images to Understand Earth's Atmosphere part of CLEAN Collection

    In this Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter, students select, explore, and analyze satellite imagery. They do so in the context of a case study of the origins of atmospheric carbon monoxide and ...
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    Modeling the oceanic thermohaline circulation with STELLA part of CLEAN Collection

    In this activity for undergraduate students, learners build a highly simplified computer model of thermohaline circulation (THC) in the North Atlantic Ocean and conduct a set of simulation ...

    Thermohaline Circulation part of CLEAN Collection

    This map shows the pattern of thermohaline circulation. This collection of currents is responsible for the large-scale exchange of water masses in the ocean, including providing oxygen to the deep ...

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