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Using Data to Teach the Ocean System

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Visualizing Carbon Pathways part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Carbon
DATA: NASA Satellite Images TOOLS: ImageJ and Image Composite Explorer (ICE) of NASA Earth Observations (NEO). SUMMARY: Build animations of satellite data to illustrate and explore carbon pathways through the Earth system.

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What is the fate of CO2 produced by fossil fuel combustion? part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A box model is used to simulate the build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during the industrial era and predict the future increase in atmospheric CO2 levels during the next century.

Exploring Seafloor Topography part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Sea Floor
DATA: Digital Elevation Model Data. TOOL: GeoMapApp. SUMMARY: Explore a timeline about how we have learned about the oceans. Construct a profile across the Atlantic Ocean and create 3-D visualizations of the seafloor.

Water Quality-Total Dissolved Solids part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Data:Examples
Students use a microcomputer connected to a conductivity probe to measure the total dissolved solids in local area water samples. -

Exploring the Ocean Surface with Data from the Global Drifter Program part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
Buoy Data from the Global Drifter Program provide real-time and historical data for over 1000 global drifter buoys. Data monitored include buoy position and sea surface temperature (SST).

Gone Fishing part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives This lab activity introduces students to overfishing, using Georges Bank groundfish as ...

And On His Farm He Had Some Fish part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Aquaculture is the most rapidly growing food-production industry in the world. In Part ...

Exploring Oceanographic Data in the Classroom Using the Laboratory for Ocean Color Users part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
Data from NASA's Laboratory for Ocean Color Users is intended to provide a guided pathway to aid in the utilization of ocean color data for oceanographic and environmental research. Ocean color data provides ...

Discover Clues from a Colder Climate with GeoMapApp part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Ice Stream
DATA: Global Digital Elevation Model (DEM) TOOLS: GeoMapApp, Spreadsheet SUMMARY: Use GeoMapApp to search for evidence of glacial expansion and retreat. Produce a research report of your findings modeled on peer-reviewed papers in the field of glaciology.

Exploring Oceanography in the Classroom Using Data from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) provides near real-time, quality controlled, oceanographic data in many places on it's website. Four of the main datasets include: mooring, mapping, MUSE ...

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