This NASA visualization shows sea surface salinity observations (September 2011-September 2014). Students review the video and answer questions.
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This is the first of a four-part series on the water cycle, which follows the journey of water from the ocean to the atmosphere, to the land, and back again to the ocean. Students review the video and answer questions.
Use the Data Literacy Map Cubes to familiarize yourself with and interpret the model.
Exploring salinity patterns is a great way to better understand the relationships between the water cycle, ocean circulation, and climate. Explore sea surface salinity mapped plots created from the Earth System Data Explorer, paired with questions (and answers) from the Aquarius Mission. Credit: Aquarius Education
Analyze the first of three graphs of historical ocean data in this series; this mini lesson features salinity values using the interactive tool, FlatMap, created by NASA's Aquarius Mission.
Are you interested in accessing NASA data featuring ocean's mean sea level data to create your own model? If so, you don't want to miss this mini lesson where models are easily created using the My NASA Data Earth System Data Explorer's 5-day Mean Sea Level (Sea Surface Height) Anomaly (meters).
Review the animation showing seasonal chlorophyll concentration as it relates to net radiation.
Students observe images of daily average sea surface temperatures taken during 2017, as they analyze the plots for evidence of changes that are occurring throughout the year.
Students examine satellite images of a recently formed island to identify areas of erosion and deposition.
The world's ocean is heated at the surface by the sun, and this heating is uneven for many reasons. Earth's rotation, revolution around the sun, and tilt all play a role, as do the wind-driven ocean surface currents.This animation shows the long-term average sea surface temperature, with red and yellow depicting warmer waters and blue depicting colder waters.