Cara Thompson

Earth Science, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

US Environmental Protection Agency

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Course Modules (7)

Ocean Sustainability part of Ocean Sustainability
This two- to three-week, six-unit module introduces the importance of oceans, basic ocean processes, and impacts of human activity on ocean health. It aims to increase awareness of our dependence on and ...

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Unit 2: Ocean Conditions: Ancient to Modern part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will be provided with seawater pH and carbon dioxide concentration (pCO2) data spanning as far back as 1850. They will describe trends in pH, pCO2 and atmospheric CO2 concentration, outline why these ...

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Unit 6: Ocean Preservation: Sustaining Our Oceanic Resources part of Ocean Sustainability
Students are introduced to the concept of geoengineering, "the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system, in order to moderate global warming" (The Royal Society). The goal is ...

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Unit 5: Oceans in Protection: Marine Protected Areas part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will review current ocean pressures related to overfishing and human impacts on ocean ecosystems. By examining data collected in relation to the presence of marine reserves, students will explore long-term ...

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Unit 4: Oceans In Peril: Pressures on Ocean Ecosystems part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will read and summarize an article that details scientific studies on behavioral changes of gray whales. Discussed are their feeding behavior, migratory behavior, and breeding patterns in the Pacific. ...

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Unit 3: Oceans As Habitat: Sustaining Life in the Ocean part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will be able to identify the functional roles that organisms play in ocean ecosystems. How do human-induced changes in ocean conditions affect biodiversity, and thereby the health and resilience of a coral ...

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Unit 1: Ocean Introduction part of Ocean Sustainability
In this unit, students explore the role of ocean circulation in climate modification and bioproductivity. The activities require students to interpret the effect of horizontal and vertical seawater movement on heat ...

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Unit 2: Ocean Conditions: Ancient to Modern part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will be provided with seawater pH and carbon dioxide concentration (pCO2) data spanning as far back as 1850. They will describe trends in pH, pCO2 and atmospheric CO2 concentration, outline why these ...

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Unit 6: Ocean Preservation: Sustaining Our Oceanic Resources part of Ocean Sustainability
Students are introduced to the concept of geoengineering, "the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system, in order to moderate global warming" (The Royal Society). The goal is ...

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Unit 5: Oceans in Protection: Marine Protected Areas part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will review current ocean pressures related to overfishing and human impacts on ocean ecosystems. By examining data collected in relation to the presence of marine reserves, students will explore long-term ...

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Unit 4: Oceans In Peril: Pressures on Ocean Ecosystems part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will read and summarize an article that details scientific studies on behavioral changes of gray whales. Discussed are their feeding behavior, migratory behavior, and breeding patterns in the Pacific. ...

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Unit 3: Oceans As Habitat: Sustaining Life in the Ocean part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will be able to identify the functional roles that organisms play in ocean ecosystems. How do human-induced changes in ocean conditions affect biodiversity, and thereby the health and resilience of a coral ...

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Unit 1: Ocean Introduction part of Ocean Sustainability
In this unit, students explore the role of ocean circulation in climate modification and bioproductivity. The activities require students to interpret the effect of horizontal and vertical seawater movement on heat ...

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Time Scales of Climate Change part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
This activity introduces students to the fact that climate change occurs at timescales of 1 year to 108 years and there are various drivers to explain these changes. It addresses how scientists detect these scales ...

Other Contribution (1)

Cara Thompson: Using Ocean Sustainability in Physical Oceanography at Santa Monica College part of Ocean Sustainability
I implemented the Ocean Sustainability Module in my introductory Physical Oceanography course at a two-year junior college (Santa Monica College). Many of our students struggle in science courses. It was great to see those students grasp concepts through the hands-on, student-lead learning provided in this module.

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Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Eastern Section

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