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Earth Science Project: Create an Ocean Weather Forecast
In this activity, students will study data from satellite temperature images and underwater sensors (CTDs) to look for evidence of an upwelling off the coast of New Jersey. Based on their new knowledge, they will use real-time ocean data from the Coastal Ocean Observatory Laboratory (COOLroom) to create their own ocean weather forecast for the local newspaper. Students will discover that using the same satellite, CTD, and meteorological data that they will learn about, scientists at the COOLroom are learning how to forecast ocean weather. During this activity students will form a hypothesis about what affects ocean temperature. They will discover how scientists collect and analyze ocean temperature data and how atmospheric conditions affect ocean temperatures.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lesson plan
Subject:
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright Rutgers University 2003
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-179
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in society
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
    • 9-12:
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Rutger's COOL Classroom'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Coastal Ocean Observatory Laboratory