El Nino activity

Erica Bigio, The University of Arizona
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This activity is similar to one of the El Nino Activities in the collection, but this uses a good mapping website. This can be done at home or in class as a team of two students (with a laptop).

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first year non-science majors

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

understand spatial patterns of El Nino.

How the activity is situated in the course

stand-alone exercise.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

be able to assess the spatial pattern of sea surface temperatures during an El Nino, La Nina or neutral year.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

observing data

Other skills goals for this activity

working in teams, navigating a science website.

Description and Teaching Materials

In this activity, students review a very accessible El Nino website. Answer questions from the website, and observe maps of SST and Chlorophyl (related to upwelling).
El Nino activity (Acrobat (PDF) 10kB Jun3 14)

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