Bridge DATA - Oceanography: Classroom BATS
Analyze Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study data to observe chemical, physical, and biological properties of the ocean at work.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division
Intute Earth Sciences Gateway
Intute provides free access to high quality internet resources for students, researchers and practitioners in the physical sciences, specifically in: astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, materials science, physics, and general science. Available information includes lecture notes, text book chapters, tutorials, government publications, theses, and more. PSIgate also features scientific timelines, science career information, and access to their magazine, Spotlight.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
A curriculum released in 2008 by the National Estuarine Research Reserve. The curriculum includes classroom activities that focus on estuaries and their importance to our ecosystem. Modules cover earth, life, and physical sciences and the topics include environmental monitoring, water quality, food webs, resource management, habitats, watersheds, and culture. While geared towards high school science, modules can be easily adapted for younger learners.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school
Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Networked Ocean World (COSEE-NOW)
A community of scientists and educators interested in the development of ocean observing systems (OOS) to increase ocean literacy among students and the public. Follow the Education Resources link for a rich collection of lesson plans, activities, multimedia, and other resources in biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography, as well as math, technology, and climate change. Membership is free and allows you to participate in discussions on various OOS topics, watch podcasts, and collaborate with similar-minded people across the globe.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division,Graduate or professional,General public
NASA Aquarius: Sea Surface Salinity from Space – Classroom Activities
Launched in 2011, NASA’s Aquarius satellite monitors sea surface salinity in all the world’s oceans. The Aquarius Education pages offer many classroom activities, lab investigations, vivid teacher demos, and multimedia resources related to seawater, salinity, density, buoyancy, conductivity, and the hydrologic cycle, as well as physical oceanography and ocean circulation more broadly.
Grade Level: Primary elementary,Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school
NOAA: About Water Levels, Tides and Currents
A comprehensive lesson on what causes tides, current and past techniques for predicting tides, how and why water level is measured, and the challenges of measuring water currents. Site provides additional links to other NOAA tide resources.
Grade Level: High school
In-depth website by researchers describes the Gulf Stream, its place in the North Atlantic Gyre, influence on weather and climate, and role of eddies and rings in distributing heat and salinity. A history, 16th to 20th centuries, describes scientists' developing understanding of the Gulf Stream and evolution of oceanographic instruments used to study it, with special details on satellite observations. Also covered: the importance of oceanography and the Gulf Stream to naval applications.
Grade Level: High school
Sea Level Trends
This lesson is designed as an introductory activity exploring one facet of global climate change — sea level change. Students will access real scientific data to investigate and compare long-term changes in sea level from different coastal locations around the United States.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division
CoVis-Weather World 2010 Coriolis Force Page
With graphics and a brief video clip, the Coriolis effect is concisely and effectively explained. This site is part of the WW2010 Project and features current weather data and detailed explanatory/instructional material as well as curricular materials, archived products and case studies.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Central Gulf Ocean Observing System (CenGOOS)
CenGOOS operates a clearinghouse of buoys in the central Gulf of Mexico. Mousing over the buoys on the map reveals ownership and location information. Clicking on the buoy opens a new window complete with data profile. CenGOOS operates one buoy in the Gulf. Measured parameters of the CenGOOS buoy include air and water temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity, barometric pressure, salinity, and nitrate concentration. Archived data is also available.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Graduate or professional