Ocean Currents Websites
NOAA's Ocean Service Education Web site
This site has just launched a new online tutorial, roadmap to data resources and formal lesson plans on ocean currents.
The Ocean Currents Tutorial presents an overview of some of the
major factors that cause coastal and open ocean currents including tides, winds, and changes in water temperature and salinity. Longshore, rip currents, and upwelling events are discussed in the context of the coastal environment. Coriolis, the Ekman spiral, and thermohaline circulation are discussed in relationship to the open ocean. Methods for measuring currents and their effects on our lives are also presented.
To View the Ocean Currents Tutorial, point your browser to:
The Roadmap to Resources presents data and information on ocean
currents from NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, NASA's Physical Oceanography Program, Texas A&M University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of Miami, as well as Rutgers and Columbia Universities. Additional educational resources are presented from The Bridge Web site.
To View the Ocean Currents Roadmap to Resources, point your browser
Two inquiry-based, lesson plans emphasizing hands-on activities
using online data, and correlated to National Science Education Standards have been developed for students at the high school level. The lessons: Motion in the Ocean and Ready, Set, Drift! focus on the causes of ocean currents and navigating in coastal ocean currents.
To View the Ocean Currents Lesson Plans, point your browser to:
Many people have labored long and hard to create these products. It
has truly been an intensive cooperative group effort. The dedication of all who contributed is evident. We hope these resources will help guide students and educators in their quest to learn more about our
coastal and ocean realms.
To view the many other online tutorials, case studies, and 50 formal
lesson plans from NOAA's Ocean Service Education Web site, point
your browser to: <http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education>
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