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Sea surface temperature is a measure of the temperature of the very top layer of water. Scientists are not able to put a thermometer into every part of the ocean on Earth to measure its temperature.


The first McLane pump aboard the R/V Sally Ride is deployed into the ocean. These pumps stay in the water for four to five hours, sampling water at depth through filters to process hundreds of liters of water. The contents of the filters are brought back to the ship for analysis.

Are you searching for NASA data examples that students can use or you can incorporate in your instruction? 

This table lists examples of NASA datasets and imagery that could be used for student investigations related to content and practices in the Framework for K-12 S

Analyzing monthly environmental data from the North Atlantic Ocean will help you to learn more about how the water cycle affects sea surface salinity. Your challenge is to find the data set that most closely corresponds to sea surface salinity patterns.

Helping students build their understanding of Earth's spheres and how they are connected is difficult.  Review the graphics below to help identify the parts of the Earth System and the processes that connect them at the local, regional, and global scales.