|The oceans and the atmosphere have a closely coupled relationship. The oceans carry heat from the tropics to the higher latitudes. As surface ocean currents flow northward toward Norway and Greenland, they lose heat to the atmosphere and cool down. Together the atmosphere and ocean current system help to regulate Earth’s overall temperature. race journal|
Ocean Weather lesson plan Try this lesson plan designed for 5th graders which comes from the University of Tennessee and Tennessee's Four Components of Science Education. This lesson plan is used to illustrate the Tennessee content topic: Oceanography. The instructional objective of this plan is to describe the relationships among oceans, weather, and climate. Utilizes hands on lab activities to describe the relationship between ocean and weather.
Create an Ocean Weather forecast is brought to you by the C.O.O.L. Classroom from Rutgers University. At this site students will study data from satellite temperature images and underwater sensors (CTDs) to look for evidence of an upwelling off the coast of New Jersey. Students will use real-time ocean data from the COOLroom to create their own "Ocean Weather Forecast" for the local newspaper. Designed for grade levels 6-8, this site comes with a Teacher's Guide with answer keys and student worksheets.
Ocean and Climate-the Odd Couple You've seen Ocean World before but check it out again in relation to Climate. Sponsored by Texas A&M University. Designed to reach high school and general audiences, you'll find a nice presentation complete with images and diagrams that describe the relationship between oceans, climate, and weather. Discussion questions and critical thinking questions along with an interactive quiz, are provided making this a ready made resource for the classroom.
Searching for Atlantic Rythms The Earth Observatory, from NASA, provides general audiences with an overview of the North Atlantic Oscillation. This discussion of weather patterns is an interesting read, particularly this time of year-winter.
El Nino and the Southern Oscillation In contrast to our previous topic, take a look at this site from Earth Observatory on El Nino. Learn how El Nino affects weather patterns and the oceanography behind the phenomena.