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NASA Aquarius: Sea Surface Salinity from Space Education Resources DLESE Reviewed Collection
The educational resources and activities on this Web site teach fundamental concepts about salinity variations and the role these changes play in controlling global ocean circulation and Earth?s climate. The modules augment existing El Nino/La Nina materials with salinity-based content, provide on-line interactive tools demonstrating environmental change through data sets and in situ time-series analysis, and engage students in activities designed to demonstrate salt-water interactions. Launched in June 2011, NASA?s Aquarius will provide the first global map of sea surface salinity with unprecedented accuracy, resolution and coverage. The importance of salinity measurements in understanding coastal ocean processes is critical as salinity is a key factor in understanding and predicting biological and physical processes and their interactions with the food web, climate, and global water cycle.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Portal:
    • Educational
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Chemical oceanography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Free for public Web based access.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-339
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Annette de Charon
University of Maine