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- Storage and transport of heat in the ocean is a complex topic. There are videos in the CLEAN collection that support the topic, such as "Ocean Tipping Point?": http://cleanet.org/resources/42756.html
About the Science
- Source is the American Meteorological Society State of the Climate Report.
- The ocean heat content data (0-700m)is the anomaly of the heat energy contained by the 700 meters of the ocean closest to the surface.
- The positive trend of the OHC anomaly is an indication of a warming Earth.
- Seven datasets combine to reveal changes in ocean heat content (0 to 700 m) over the past 70 years.
- Comments from expert scientist: These are the original data that demonstrate climate change. What I like is that a very wide variety of data are included, from several different sources. This is an excellent data set to demonstrate the meaning of independent verification and scientific accuracy to students.
About the Pedagogy
- The graphic contains a link to the raw data.
- Educators can tie this data to specific heat. The ocean has a higher heat capacity than land or the atmosphere.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Manipulate graphic by zooming, panning, and selecting/deselecting datasets.
- Picture of graphic can be downloaded and placed in worksheets or presentations.
Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEANThe 2009 Climate Report provides for further background on OHC: http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/bams-sotc/2009/bams-sotc-2009-chapter3-global-oceans-lo-rez.pdf
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