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Where's Phyto? An Investigation of Phytoplankon in the Marine Biosphere
As part of this activity, students examine the effects of light and temperature on the phytoplankton population. Using ocean color data from the Coastal Zonal Color Scanner, SeaWiFS, and temperature data from the Multi Channel Sea Surface Temperature dataset, they will learn to identify phytoplankton as a component of Earth's biota, discover the relationships between biotic and abiotic components of Earth systems, interpret remotely-sensed data, and draw conclusions based on the data by diagramming the relationships between phytoplankton and changes in the environment.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Environmental science
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-1142
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Carolyn Ossont
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ambassadors