National Oceanographic Data Center

Team Members: Bob Dedrick, Shannon Niou, Sherri Philips, John Pickle, Linda Pikula
Meeting Room: W2146

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Pre-meeting Sharing Space

Please introduce yourself here. You can also post files and links to relevant data, tools, or projects that you want to share.

Pre-meeting notes:

Hello Ocean Folks! LuAnn here, one of the AccessData co-PIs. I've attached the GHRSST (Microsoft Word 137kB Feb1 13) and Argo (Microsoft Word 118kB Feb1 13) DataSheet documents that Sherri and Shannon prepared to introduce the data to the team.

Greetings from Sheri, Shannon and Linda of the NODC. Due to issues of working with .netCDF files (which is not an image format) we did some pre-work with Google Earth and ARGO and GHRSST data - we wanted to visualize these data simultaneously as one data set is SST, and the other is some SST with depth data. Credit goes to Dr. Ken Casey (NODC) and Ted Haberman (NGDC) for developing 2 Google Earth .klm files that allow us to depict the data. At this time, here is a screenshot of Google Earth showing the SST data and the float locations


Looking forward to working with all to develop this module. I am also attaching the .klm files we used in the example below, but, I changed the klm extension to txt to get them to upload here - for use in Google Earth, the extension will need to be changed back.

  1. OSTIA_SSTAnalysis (Text File 2kB Feb1 13)
  2. osmc-gdsg (Text File 8kB Feb1 13)

The first file goes to the a GHRSST site in the UK, and downloads the daily SST image. It can also be used to load archived .PNG files that have been brought to your hard drive. The second file goes to a NOAA site and brings down ARGO float locations, with links to ARGO data (also to C-MAN stations, but we click off that layer). Team Members e-mails:

Robert Dedrick, Canandaigua Academy, dedrickr@canandaiguaschool.org - trained as geologist (hard rock); environmental clean up, watershed monitorinng

Shannon Niou, NOAA/NESDIS/NODC, shannon.niou@noaa.gov - Information Systems Management

Sheri Phillips, NOAA/NODC, sheri.phillips@noaa.gov - trained as field biologist

John Pickle, Concord Academy, picklejohnmr@gmail.com - trained as geologist, meteorologist, and remote sensing speciialist

Linda Pikula, NOAA, linda.pikula@noaa.gov - trained in library sciences

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Session 1—Meet your team members, Learn about the data, tools, and expertise represented on your team

Team members meet each other and share their experiences and viewpoints on using data in education. Data representatives and software tool specialists introduce one or more datasets and tools and the group explores various aspects of them. If the team's DataSheet is not yet posted, the data representative should attach it and add a reference to it in the text box below.

Session 1 Notes:

  • Robert Dedrick, Canandaigua Academy, dedrickr@canandaiguaschool.org - trained as geologist (hard rock); environmental clean up, watershed monitorinng
  • Shannon Niou, NOAA/NESDIS/NODC, shannon.niou@noaa.gov - Information Systems Management
  • Sheri Phillips, NOAA/NODC, sheri.phillips@noaa.gov - trained as field biologist
  • John Pickle, Concord Academy, picklejohnmr@gmail.com - trained as geologist, meteorologist, and remote sensing speciialist
  • Linda Pikula, NOAA, linda.pikula@noaa.gov - trained in library sciences

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Session 2—Review DataSheet and Brainstorm data-use storylines

Review and discuss the DataSheet that was begun by the data representative(s) for your team. Decide which team members will contribute to completing various fields.

Brainstorm a set of possible storylines for valid investigations of the dataset. The goal is to come up with at least one compelling scenario that will give users a reason to work through the technological steps necessary to perform some analysis of the data.

Session 2 Notes:

Products

  1. SST
  2. Salinity
  3. Temperature with depth profiles

Science Concepts: SST and Ocean Temperature with Depth

  1. Temp effect on coral (requires additional data)
  2. El Nino
  3. Temp on plankton - tropic level issues (requires additional data)
  4. Ocean and air relations (weather) (requires additional data)
  5. Fishing (requires additional data)
  6. Surface temp vs temp w/ depth relations
  7. seasonal variation of SST (and temp w/ depth)
  8. temp w/ depth profiles
  9. heat impact on oceans
  10. where does melt water go?
  11. gravity on oceans (may require additional data - height)
  12. effects on cyclones (requires additional data)

Idea: Create Tiered Activity:

  • Tier 1: Seasonal Variation: SST / Time Depth (high school)
  • Tier 2: Ocean -> Air connection (Advanced)
  • Tier 3: Ocean & Air -> Life connection (Enrichment)

Activities

  • Dynamic Ocean: A snapshot in time
    • Temperature via Location
    • Temperatuure vs. Depth
  • Time and Oceans
    • Surface temp by Seasons (website for Google Earth-compatible datasets)
    • Depth via Season (requires .kml conversion of ARGO data - needs website for datasets)

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Session 3—Select the data-use scenario for your educational activity and perform a proof-of-concept check

Use the complementary expertise on the team to check that the task you are envisioning can actually be completed in an educational setting. Identify a target grade level for the activity and choose a working title.

Please limit the scope of the activity to something that can be accomplished by accessing existing data and tools. Discuss and agree upon the content limits of the activity as well: consider that the main goal of these activities is to develop user familiarity with the data and tools.

Session 3 Notes:

Action Items:

  1. work through how to download images for Google Earth

Title: Dynamic Oceans

Purpose: Introduce students to the dynamic changes across the world's oceans both temporally and geographically.

Ways to Use in a Classroom:

  1. Self-Guided Inquiry with several big questions
  2. Virtual Fieldtrip with locations provided by teacher
  3. Time Travel

Background: Oceans cover over 70% of the globe, and because of their vast expanse, the dynamic processes greatly influence the Earth's biosphere, amtosphere, cryosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere.

Where to Get Data:

Activity 1: Ocean Variability

  1. Temperature via Location
  2. Temperature versus Depth

Activity 2: Time and Oceans

  • Seasonal Patterns
    • Surface Layer Temperatures
    • With Depth

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Session 4—Develop your case study storyline and outline the procedures for data access and analysis

Case Study Development
Record ideas, bullet points, or actual text that will become part of the case study to introduce users to the issues and concepts of the activity. Gather links for appropriate images, diagrams, and background text.

Data Access and Analysis Procedures
Record the name(s) and URL(s) of dataset(s) and access/analysis software tool(s) to be used. List the major tasks users will complete then perform a deliberate walk-through of each task to capture the full sequence of procedures. Give special attention to the most difficult or least intuitive steps, and note points in the sequence where additional information will be helpful.

NOTE: Teams can capture notes directly in the wiki pages or choose to work in a Word document. This activity outline guide (Microsoft Word 35kB Feb1 13) will clarify the scope of the activity outline and the minimum information required.

Session 4 Notes:

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Session 5—Flesh out procedures with "About" sections to build users' knowledge about the data and tools, List several "Going Further" ideas

Fill in any gaps in your activity outline and add sections that will help users utilize the data in different ways or for other investigations. Suggest several ideas for going further to challenge users to use the data and/or tools in other investigations.

Session 5 Notes:

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Session 6—Finalize your Activity outline and DataSheet, Generate PowerPoint slides for the report out session, Attach all resources to this wiki page

Create a 2- or 3-slide ppt file for the report out session.

  • Slide 1: Team name, names of team members, and a brief phrase to describe each individual's contribution
  • Slide 2: Working title for your activity, names of dataset(s) and tool(s) utilized
  • Slide 3: Your choice of something to illustrate your team's vision of the completed activity
Name your powerpoint file with this exact name: NODCNationalOceanographicDataCenter.ppt
Attach the file to this page.

Once your file is posted, we'll use this link to access it during the report out session: NODCNationalOceanographicDataCenter.ppt (PowerPoint 2.2MB Feb1 13)

Attach any other documents produced by the team as well as finalized versions of the team's DataSheet and add a reference to them in the text box.

Session 6 Notes:

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