Ocean Data and Activities
Overarching Question:How are the oceans responding to climate change?
Students gain an understanding of how large scale ocean processes are connected by drawing connections between ocean pools, processes, and the factors that influence them. Can be used to assess student prior knowledge.
Students learn how to interpret and
understand ocean satellite images by determining seasonal
patterns in sea surface temperature and chlorophyll
concentration on printouts of monthly images of the U.S. East
Coast from NASA's MODIS Aqua satellite.
• Satellite Images Dataset
• Temperature Profiles Dataset
• Image Month Key
• Satellite Images Handout- Student Version
• Satellite Images Handout- Teachers Version
• Satellite Images Teachers Guide
Ocean Satellite Data Modules:
Through the use of NASA's Data-enhanced
Investigations for Climate Change Education (DICCE) portal,
students gain hands-on experience using remotely sensed data
in the classroom. Step-by-step instructions walk
students through the use of the DICCE portal tool to
investigate various ocean processes. Teacher version with
suggested student answers are also available. All documents
1. Seasonal Cycles Focus: What are the factors that control the patterns/cycles of phytoplankton growth in the North Atlantic Ocean?
3. Upwelling Zones Focus: How does nutrient concentration and upwelling influence phytoplankton growth in the Benguela upwelling zone?
5. Inter-annual Variability
Focus: Patterns in
sea surface temperature and chlorophyll concentration due to
El Niño/La Niña events.
Data in the Classroom: Exploring Climate Change in the Oceans
An online resource developed by NOAA for exploring ocean processes through the use of real, scientific data. Explore all curriculum models on the Data in the Classroom website.
Changing CO2 levels in the atmosphere can affect the chemistry of the oceans. In the Ocean Acidification module, students use real data to investigate the changing ocean chemistry and its effects on ocean life.