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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

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

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, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Oceanography

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

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.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities
Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Oceanography, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology

Exploring the Link between Hurricanes and Climate using GCM Results
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
This activity requires students to examine global climate model output available online and consider the potential impact of global warming on tropical cyclone initiation and evolution. As a follow-up, students ...

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

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, Problem Set, Activities
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Air masses and fronts, Winds, Clouds and precipitation, Forecasting, 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, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change

Use of GNOME to model oil spills
Tim Walsh, Wayland Baptist University
Tim Walsh, Wayland Baptist University Summary Using GNOME software (freely available from NOAA) students model various oil spill scenarios in the Galveston Bay area. Students adjust a variety of parameters ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Lab Activity
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes

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