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Changing With the Tide
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
This lesson plan is written around a brief role-play in which students learn about and act out plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change. -

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Activities, :Lab Activity
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Geoscience:Oceanography:Chemical, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Ecology

Estimating Exchange Rates of Water in Embayments using Simple Budget Equations.
Keith Sverdrup, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Simple budgets may be used to estimate the exchange of water in embayments that capitalize on the concept of steady state and conservation principals. This is especially true for bays that experience a significant exchange of freshwater. This exchange of freshwater may reduce the average salt concentration in the bay compared to seawater if it involves addition of freshwater from rivers, R, and/or precipitation, P. Alternatively, it may increase the average salt concentration in the bay compared to seawater if there is relatively little river input and high evaporation, E. Since freshwater input changes the salt concentration in the bay, and salt is a conservative material, it is possible to combine two steady state budgets for a bay, one for salt and one for water, to solve for the magnitude of the water flows that enter and exit the bay mouth. Students will make actual calculations for the inflow and outflow of water to Puget Sound, Washington and the Mediterranean Sea and compare them to actual measured values.

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Resource Type: Activities: Activities
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Chemical, Physical , Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling

Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
This lesson plan deals with coral reefs and the recent crisis of coral bleaching. It suggests that students engage in a role-playing debate about modifying human activity to protect reefs. -

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Project, Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change

Tsunami Travel Time Approximation
Eric Grosfils, Pomona College
Eric Grosfils, Pomona College Summary Students are asked to calculate approximate tsunami travel times across the Pacific basin. The assignment builds off of a lab introducing students to Spatial Analyst, and ...

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Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Problem Set, Activities
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards

Assessing Local Sea Level Rise
Ken Tabbutt, The Evergreen State College
Students will read primary scientific literature, work collaboratively, think critically, and utilize GIS as a tool to visualize and quantify spatial and temporal changes in hydrological systems.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities
Subject: Geoscience, :Oceanography, Environmental Science, :Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change

Is There a Trend in Hurricane Number or Intensity?
Todd Ellis, SUNY College at Oneonta
This lab guides students through an examination of the hurricane record to determine if there is a trend in hurricane intensity over the past 40 years and introduces some issues related to statistics and ...

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Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Project, Activities
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Ocean-Climate Interactions, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Energy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Energy, heat and temperature, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric and oceanic circulation

Is that true?
Steven Hovan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Ask students to research the "truth" behind statements from recent news articles and provide their opinion about what is "true". These assignments can be done as often as the instructor feels ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project, Writing Assignment, Activities
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Meteorology, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate

Hurricane Tracking
Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University
This is a homework assignment that focuses student attention on ongoing hurricane/tropical storm development, often during the height of hurricane season. The students are directed to a web site (I like ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Writing Assignment, Activities, :Problem Set
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Forecasting, Air masses and fronts, Winds, Clouds and precipitation, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Energy, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air pressure, Extreme weather

The Boxing Day Tsunami
Glenn Richard, SUNY at Stony Brook
Undergraduate students map data from the National Geophysical Data Center and the United States Geological Survey on Google Earth and study visualizations in order to explore the causes and effects of the Tsunami ...

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Resource Type: Activities: Activities
Subject: Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources, Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Resources, Marine Hazards, Physical , Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes

Sally Salivates Seashells by the Seashore- Ocean Acidification and the Effect on Sea Shells
Rus Higley, Highline Community College, and Vanessa Hunt, Central Washington University
In this lesson we review "Acids and Bases" taught in a previous lesson and, through a scientific method, will look at the impact of an acid on different types of shells. Students will reinforce previous learning of scientific principles including acids/basis and will develop a real experiment using the scientific method.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change

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