Using Oceanic Data
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
Course: Advanced Chemical and Physical Oceanography
I hand out oceanic data from a large data base, such as phosphate, silicate, nitrate, oxgyen, and temperature data from different ocean basins. These data are on small bits of paper. I have small groups of students plot their data and then compare to other small groups that have other data. Some of the data sets are related to each other, but others are not. The nature of these relationships is fundamental to understanding ocean chemistry, biological processes, and physical processes in the ocean (e.g. production, respiration, and ocean circulation).
Using Data to Teach Earth Processes has links to data sets and pedagogical resources for using them.