Gulf Stream Heat Budget and Europe's Mild Climate: A Problem-based Learning Activity
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
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This page first made public: Feb 7, 2008
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Writing skills (preparing a report to be presented to class).
PowerPoint presentation skills.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Understand the interaction between the ocean and atmosphere.
Understand the role of the Gulf Stream in ocean circulation.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Data analysis; evaulation of ocean circulation models.
Other skills goals for this activity
Using the Internet/WWW as a source of information; evaluating the content of these sites.
Group work; discussion skills.
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 34kB Feb7 08)
- Seager, R. 2006. American Scientist: 94(4).
- Dong, S. and K. Kelly. 2004. Heat budget in the Gulf Stream Region. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 34: 1214 -1231.
Web of Science through library databases