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NOAA's National Oceanographic Data Center Online Data Access
Links to a variety of current oceanographic databases. Provides access to in situ and remotely sensed data, models, and a photo library from all over the world. Data available includes temperature, salinity, biological, nutrients, oxygen, and many more. View sea surface temperature animations, sea level changes, and plankton profiles for anywhere in the world. Data, graphs, and more are available on CD and DVD in the online store.
Grade Level: High school

NOAA's Water Level & Associated Data
Search this NOAA database for historical and real-time water level data from coastal monitoring stations throughout the U.S. and in selected international sites. Provides tide level information and sea level trend plots. Can also access oceanographic, meteorological and astronomical data, including: air and water temperature; wind speed; barometric pressure; moon phase and moon/sun positions. Note: data does not exist for all parameters at all stations. Links to related sites providing data.
Grade Level: High school, Graduate or professional

National Data Buoy Center
Real-time or archived data from buoy, ship, coastal or other observation networks worldwide. Measurements of wind direction and speed, wave height and period, atmospheric pressure, air and water temperature, and more. Select a network and region of interest to find stations collecting desired data. Learn about the National Data Buoy Center and take a virtual tour of their network and technology. Science education pages use graphics and data to explain oceanographic and atmospheric features like waves, hurricanes, tides and more.
Grade Level: High school

Eyes on the Bay: Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Bays Water Quality Data
This easy to use, comprehensive website from Maryland Department of Natural Resources includes a wealth of real-time and archived data, as well as several lesson plans. Using the highly-interactive map, you can access stations that measure parameters including air and water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and water clarity in the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay. The lesson plans cover salinity, dissolved oxygen, and harmful algal blooms, and are aligned to the Maryland Voluntary Curriculum.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

Tidal Wetlands Impacts Data Home Page
Provides datasets (starting 1988) about tidal wetlands in Virginia, human impacts, management practices and results of management on the resources. Select data by year, activity, watershed, or wetland type. Good for research, education, environmental management/policy and general inquires about human impacts on tidal wetlands. Describes data collections methods, provides summary of wetlands management.
Grade Level: General public, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)
Obtain real-time and archived data from data buoys, weather stations, and oil rigs all over the globe. This is an excellent resource for students, teachers, scientists, and the general public. The data are easy to access and manipulate for hundreds of stations world-wide. The Science Education page features frequently asked questions answered with graphs, maps, and real data. The site also provides background information on ocean observing systems including buoys, satellites, floats, and more.
Grade Level: High school, Graduate or professional

Bridge DATA - Satellites and Storms
Which does more damage to the coast, a fast moving, super-powerful hurricane, or a slow-moving, powerful northeaster (more commonly referred to as a nor’easter)? How does ocean temperature affect hurricane strength? Where does the name nor’easter come from? This activity serves as an introduction to these weather phenomena which critically impact our coasts each year. Students will use weather maps and ocean observing system data to explore hurricanes and nor’easters and their effects on vital habitats, our beaches, and our communities.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

Bridge DATA - Don't Even Sink About It
Does a pen float? How about a can of soda? Does salt water really make that much difference? What’s a Plimsoll mark? What do rubber ducks have to do with all this? Buoyancy can be a difficult concept for students to grasp. It’s all about density! With this hands-on introduction to buoyancy, students work through activities and demonstrations that use online resources and ocean observing systems data to investigate the buoyancy considerations of inland, coastal and oceanic shipping.
Grade Level: High school

Great Lakes Lessons: Teaching with Great Lakes Data
Often scientific data can be too scientific to use in a classroom. Teaching with Great Lakes Data connects educators and students to data collected throughout the Great Lakes and breaks the information into a digestible format. provides Great Lakes data sets, an overview of teaching methods, and ready-to-go lessons and activities. Any of these resources may be easily incorporated into your curriculum and are multidisciplinary. All the materials on the website are free.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school

Bridge DATA: Oyster Disease
A relatively new oyster disease in New England waters is affecting survival rates of young oysters. Using data from the University of Maine, students will determine if oyster size, time of planting, or water temperature is significant in relation to the onset of juvenile oyster disease.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division

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