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Climate Change and the Global Ocean
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010500/a010502/index.html

Jennifer A. Shoemaker, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Video presents a broad overview of what (NASA) satellites can tell us about how climate change is affecting oceans.

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Middle School: 6 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
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Biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases / Carbon cycle
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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Observations, experiments, and theory are used to construct and refine computer models
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Our understanding of climate
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Global warming is "very likely" caused by human greenhouse gas emission
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Humans affect climate
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Teaching Tips

  • May be useful when discussing the types of data and technology used to understand climate change and oceanographic response to that change.
  • For students to understand images of Earth seen by different satellites, educator may want to pause video and explain what they are seeing.

About the Science

  • Earth-based scientific research is augmented by the NASA Earth Observing satellite system that gathers data about ocean surface temperature, surface winds, sea level, circulation, and even marine life.
  • Information the satellites obtain help us understand the complex interactions driving the world's oceans today - and gain valuable insight into how the impacts of climate change on oceans might affect us on dry land.
  • Emphasis is on the importance of satellites and downplays the importance of surface-based research.

About the Pedagogy

  • Full transcript of narration is available.
  • Video shows satellites looking down at images of Earth but doesn't explain what the images show (infrared images, ocean circulation images, etc.)

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Variety of formats and resolution options available to maximize quality.
  • Downloads are slow.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 6

MS-ESS2.C1:Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation and crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land.

MS-ESS2.C2:The complex patterns of the changes and the movement of water in the atmosphere, determined by winds, landforms, and ocean temperatures and currents, are major determinants of local weather patterns.

MS-ESS2.C3:Global movements of water and its changes in form are propelled by sunlight and gravity.

MS-ESS2.C4:Variations in density due to variations in temperature and salinity drive a global pattern of interconnected ocean currents.

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

MS-ESS2.D3:The ocean exerts a major influence on weather and climate by absorbing energy from the sun, releasing it over time, and globally redistributing it through ocean currents.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

HS-ESS2.C1:The abundance of liquid water on Earth’s surface and its unique combination of physical and chemical properties are central to the planet’s dynamics. These properties include water’s exceptional capacity to absorb, store, and release large amounts of energy, transmit sunlight, expand upon freezing, dissolve and transport materials, and lower the viscosities and melting points of rocks.

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.


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