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Unit 1 — Ocean Circulation and Climate Change
In this unit you will be introduced to drivers of ocean circulation and will be asked to make connections between ocean circulation and bioproductivity. You should watch NASA's Perpetual Ocean video before arriving to class.
- NASA's Perpetual Ocean available at:
- Activities 1.1-1.3 (.pdf) (Acrobat (PDF) 463kB Nov4 16)
- Activity 1.2_maps (.pdf) (Acrobat (PDF) 401kB Oct21 22)
- Unit 1_homework (.pdf) (Acrobat (PDF) 625kB Nov4 16)
Unit 2 — Ocean Acidification
In this unit you will learn how fossil fuel usage drives changes in seawater pH. The pre-unit homework assignments should be completed before arriving to class. In class, you will compare records of seawater pCO2 and pH data to determine how seawater has changed in response to changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration.
- Unit 2 pre-homework 1 (.pdf) (Acrobat (PDF) 108kB Nov4 16)
- Unit 2_pre-homework 2 (.pdf) (Acrobat (PDF) 97kB Nov16 16)
- Activities 2.1-2.2 (.pdf) (Acrobat (PDF) 138kB Oct25 16)
- Activity 2.2_data (.pdf) (Acrobat (PDF) 3.9MB Oct26 16)
Unit 3 — Ocean Habitat and Community Ecology
You will be introduced to the functional roles that varying organisms play in a habitat or ecosystem. Using coral reefs as an example, we will discuss how changes in community structure can affect the entire ecosystem and its resilience. Coral reefs are strongly affected by global climate change (i.e., increasing ocean temperature and ocean acidification). You will be asked to complete activities individually and in groups. Activity 3.2 is started in class and is to be completed as homework.
- Activity 3.1 Handout (Acrobat (PDF) 34kB Oct22 16)
- Activity 3.2 Handout (Acrobat (PDF) 111kB Oct28 16)
Link for video in Activity 3.2:
Unit 4 — Oceans In Peril, Pressures on Ocean Ecosystems
In this unit, you will read an article that covers four case studies conducted by scientists studying gray whale behavior in relation to climate change. You will fill out the worksheet before you come to class to prepare for group discussion and collaboration.
- Homework Assignment Article & Worksheet (Acrobat (PDF) 4.6MB Oct26 16)
Unit 5 — Oceans In Protection, Marine Protected Areas
In this unit, you will perform a jigsaw activity, where you form a large home group, and then split off into specialty groups to concentrate on a specific component of the scientific studies performed on marine reserves. You will regroup into your home group as the expert on your subtopic and work together with the other group members to select the best area for a proposed marine reserve. You will prepare for class by completing the homework sheet listed below.
- Unit 5 Worksheet (Acrobat (PDF) 670kB Sep9 16)
Unit 6 — Ocean Preservation and Geoengineering
You will revisit some of the concepts you already learned on ocean circulation, productivity, carbon chemistry, and community ecology. You will build on your knowledge to examine mitigation strategies that aim to minimize the effects of global climate change on ocean ecosystems and its organisms. The review of previous themes at the beginning of this unit will be conducted with your participation in Activity 6.1. The context of geoengineering will be examined using Activity 6.2 on Iron Fertilization.