Brooke Harris, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
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Middle School: 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
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- Background information about the Aquarius satellite mission at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/aquarius/news/aquarius20110610.html.
- When used in the classroom, the video needs adequate scaffolding to focus students on satellites, remote sensing, climate, nature of science, or the topic of choice.
About the Science
- Water's salinity and temperature, which together determine seawater density, regulate ocean circulation.
- Computer models help to predict global temperatures, but ocean salinity is measured in a number of ways. NASA earth-orbit satellites, such as Aquarius, measure a wide variety of variables such as rainfall, surface wind, sea surface temperature (SST), sea level, and even ocean color. Observations like this help unlock the links between the ocean and climate.
- Comments from expert scientist: This video describes how satellites measure sea surface salinity (SSS) and how the SSS measurements fit into the satellite oceanography constellation. Video describes how the instruments work and what extra measurements need to be taken in order to make the most accurate assessment of SSS.
About the Pedagogy
- Teacher can reinforce the nature of science principles during the video. The video itself serves as a great visualization to support a discussion of the importance of satellite observations to help develop computer models.
- The video can also be used to show students how satellites work, how scientists observe the Earth from space (remote sensing), and how the ocean dynamics are measured.
- The transcript at http://aquarius.nasa.gov/pdfs/aquarius_climate_transcript.pdf can be used by hearing impaired users.
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- A standalone mp4 version of the video, with no framing text is available here: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010700/a010735/G2011-029_Aquarius_Climate_ipod_lg.m4v
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Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 5
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.C4:Variations in density due to variations in temperature and salinity drive a global pattern of interconnected ocean currents.
MS-ESS2.C5:Water’s movements—both on the land and underground—cause weathering and erosion, which change the land’s surface features and create underground formations.
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.
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.E1:The many dynamic and delicate feedbacks between the biosphere and other Earth systems cause a continual co-evolution of Earth’s surface and the life that exists on it.