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Middle School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
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- An additional video is provided that discusses how Aquarius helps climate modelers to understand the ocean-atmosphere processes that are changing Earth's climate.
- A transcript is provided as well.
About the Science
- Ocean circulation plays a key role in distributing solar energy and maintaining climate by moving heat from Earth's equator to the poles.
- The Aquarius satellite's salinity data combined with data from other sensors that measure sea level, rainfall, temperature, ocean color, and winds provide a picture of complex ocean dynamics.
- Comments from expert scientist: The video also emphasizes the importance of ocean density to deep water circulation, and makes it clear that ocean density is primarily a function of water temperature and salinity. It asks a couple clear and pertinent questions about climate change, particularly about how water, precipitation, and ocean salinity might become affected.
About the Pedagogy
- The transcript of the video and glossary of terms are provided.
- Some background and static images to complement the video are offered.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- The video size and format are easy to use.
- The visual graphics on ocean currents are clear and visually engaging.
Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEANMore information about the science involved in the Aquarius mission, along with additional visualizations: http://aquarius.nasa.gov/science-ocean.html.
An alternate link to the video: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010700/a010710/
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 4
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.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.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.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1
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.