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Web-based Resources for Teaching the Ocean System

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    CCM3 T170 Cloud and Precipitation Simulation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This simulation, from NCAR, shows global patterns of water vapor and precipitation as they change throughout the year. Users may also view the simulation by month.

    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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    A Rising Tide - Linking Ocean and Ice part of CLEAN Collection

    This audio slideshow/video describes the Greenland ice sheet and the difficulties in getting scientific measurements at the interface between the ice and the ocean. It features the work of a ...
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    Aquarius: Ocean Circulation part of CLEAN Collection

    This short video from NASA discusses the role that salinity plays in Earth's climate and ocean circulation, focusing on the observations of the Aquarius satellite.

    The Role of Ocean Currents in Climate part of CLEAN Collection

    This video segment uses data-based visual NOAA representations to trace the path of surface ocean currents around the globe and explore their role in creating climate zones. Ocean surface currents ...

    Giving Rise to the Jet Stream part of CLEAN Collection

    This 15-panel interactive from NOVA Online describes some of the factors (e.g., Earth's rotation and the sun's uneven heating of Earth's surface) contributing to the formation of the ...

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