Global Phytoplankton Distribution
Using interactive maps of chlorophyll concentration, students will identify patterns to formulate their explanations of phytoplankton distribution over time and space.
This interactive model is one of a three-part sequence of learning experiences related to Global Phytoplankton Distribution. To maximize optimal learning outcomes, it is suggested to complete the series in the following order:
- Global Phytoplankton Distribution Interactive Model (current page)
- Phytoplankton Distribution and Watersheds Interactive Model
- Chlorophyll Concentration and Incoming Shortwave Radiation Interactive Model
- Students will analyze and describe the distribution of phytoplankton over time and space.
- Students will identify patterns in chlorophyll concentration data to formulate their explanations of phytoplankton distribution.
- How does the concentration of phytoplankton change between coastal waters and open ocean?
- What patterns do you observe in phytoplankton concentration across the low, middle, and high latitudes?
- Internet Access
- Link to Global Phytoplankton Distribution Interactive Model
Teacher Answer Key
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Supported NGSS Performance Expectations
- 4-ESS2-2: Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
- 5-ESS2-1: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
- MS-LS2-3: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
- HS-ESS2-6: Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.