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Visualizations for Teaching About the Ocean System

This collection of visualizations includes photos, animations, videos, maps and interactive imagery that can be integrated into lectures or classes. The collection is part of an extensive collection created for the Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations workshop.


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Air-sea Interactions: Activities in Oceanography
Steve LaDochy, California State University, Los Angeles
This online set of activities help students learn properties of ocean waves, wind-wave relationships and properties of tsunamis.

Subject: Oceanography: Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Activities:Lab Activity, Assessments, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Activities:Classroom Activity

The 2004 Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami
Steve Kluge
In this multi-part activity, students study seismograms from different seismic stations recording the Sumatra earthquake of December 26th, 2004 and then determine the epicenter of the quake and track the tsunami it ...

Subject: Oceanography: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Oceanography, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Audio/Visual:Maps, Activities:Lab Activity

Wind Surge: Interactive On-line Mac and PC
Bob Mackay, Clark College
Wind surge is a JAVA based applet for exploring how water level on the windward and leeward side of a basin depends on wind speed, basin length, water depth, and boundary type. -

Subject: Oceanography: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Winds, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Activities:Lab Activity, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Contour Basics: JAVA Mac/PC
Steve Ackerman and Tom Whittaker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Space Science and Engineering Center. Starting Point page organized by R.M. MacKay.
A great on-line resource for introducing students to contour plots.

Subject: Oceanography: Geography:Physical, Geoscience:Geology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Audio/Visual:Maps, Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity

Ocean Circulation
Bob Mackay, Clark College
Students view and analyze buoy, satellite, temperature vs. depth data to learn about ocean circulation and how is related to atmospheric circulation. -

Subject: Oceanography: Geoscience:Oceanography:Chemical, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Ocean-Climate Interactions
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Activities, :Lab Activity

Comparison of Two Hurricanes
David Kobilka, Central Lakes College-Brainerd
In this activity students synthesize ideas from lecture, reading, and viewing two PBS NOVA videos on hurricanes.

Subject: Oceanography: Geoscience, :Oceanography, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Activities

Tsunami Caught on Camera
A British Documentary on the Boxing Day Tsunami that hit Asia in 2004

Subject: Oceanography: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video

Japan Earthquake: Helicopter aerial view video of giant tsunami waves
This video is of the tsunami in Japan in 2011.

Subject: Oceanography: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video

Brinicle / Icy Finger of Death- Frozen Planet
Time-lapse footage of salt water being excluded from the sea ice and sinking & freezing

Subject: Oceanography: Geoscience:Oceanography:Chemical, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video

Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
NOAA Time-lapse animation showing rising CO2 levels over time

Subject: Oceanography: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Oceanography:Ocean-Climate Interactions, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records
Resource Type: Audio/Visual: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video

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