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Contour Basics is an exercise designed to introduce students to contour plots. The Contour Activity is a great on-line resource that starts slowly and increases in difficulty. It teaches students basic techniques for generating contours, introduces students to the subtleties of generating contour plots with sparse data, provides many opportunities for students to assess their own progress and understanding ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor, Tutorial, Map
Subject: Atmospheric science, Educational theory and practice, Geology, Physical oceanography
 
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The Wave Superposition exercise is an interactive JAVA environment that allows the user to look at the linear superposition of up to four ocean waves of different amplitudes and period. Direction of travel (right or left) and the local depth of water can be specified. Students can learn definitions of wavelength, wave speed, wave amplitude, and wave period and gain an overall understanding of the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Physical oceanography, Physics
 
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The Sea Floor Spreading activity is designed to help students learn the basic functions of the spreadsheet program Excel, by comparing Sea Floor Spreading Model Predictions with Observations. In this activity students import ocean bathymetry data from either the Topex web site or text files, they then graph these observations along with model predictions to assess the model's ability to simulate the ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology, Physical oceanography
 
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The Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) key objective is the prediction of atmospheric and climate changes in the 21st century. On this website, the GISS provides data and images regarding the earth and atmosphere. Users can access earth observations; such as storms, aerosols, temperature, etc., climate forcings; global climate modeling; radiation and astrophysics data. Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset
Subject: Climatology, Environmental science, Physical oceanography, Space science
 
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NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) operates satellites and manages the processing and distribution of data and images these satellites produce daily. The primary user of satellite data and images is the National Weather Service. This clearinghouse website offers a vast amount of information gathered from NOAA satellites. Users can link to spotlighted information, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Case study, Map, Photograph, Ref. material, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Physical oceanography, Space science, Technology
 
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Research, conducted primarily through the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, drives the NOAA environmental products and services that protect life and property and promote sustainable economic growth. Research, conducted by in-house laboratories and by extramural programs, focuses on enhancing understanding of the environmental phenomena ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Clearinghouse, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physical oceanography
 
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The Changing with the Tide lesson plan is written around a role-play activity in which students learn about and act out the behavior of plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change. An unusual feature of salt marshes is the dramatic daily change in stresses and interactions that the organisms face. On this Starting Point page, teachers can find learning goals, teaching notes and ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Physical geography, Physical oceanography
 
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This site from SERC's Starting Point presents sample Gallery Walk questions about the ocean. Questions examine the manner in which ocean energy and water exchange impact the atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere and discuss salinity, temperature, density, primary production, turbidity, and current patterns for the various environments. The questions are organized according to the cognitive level ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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NOAA Ocean Service (NOS) is responsible for the observation, measurement, assessment and management of the nation's vast coastal and ocean areas. NOS provides world-class products and services that protect millions of lives, billions of dollars in property and irreplaceable natural resources daily. This website is a portal to all the NOS observations, information, measurements and programs. In the ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Biological oceanography, Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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The Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) is a joint institute of NOAA and the University of Washington. This homepage makes a variety of data and resources available, including real-time and historical climate data, atlases and animations. Users can follow links to science information, JISAO programs and people, seminars and additional links. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Biological oceanography, Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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