Scientists use ocean temperatures to observe ocean circulation and locate major ocean currents. Temperature is one of many factors that may influence a species' presence and growth in the ocean. race journal
Virtual Vacationland-Ocean Temperature, hosted by Bigelow Lab, this site offers a comprehensive overview of ocean temperature. The site is organized by a progression of information, key questions which leads into extensive links to other sites, and hands on activities (appropriate for grade levels 5-12). Start here and then go to Bigelow's Shipmates, a site that brings oceanographic research data, including ocean temperature, on-line for student use (appropriate for grade levels 9-16)
Ocean temperature overview, this tutorial brought to you by San Jose University offers a broad overview of ocean circulation. The tutorial is broken into a series of pages with images and textual information. A summary question is posed at the bottom of some of the pages and discussion questions are posed throughout. 38 different topics are addressed in this tutorial from ocean temperature to circulation patterns. A ready made resource for teachers and students at grade levels 9-12.
Sea Surface Temperature Observations from Satellite, sponsored by the Maryland Space Grant Consortium, is a site that provides a brief overview of how satellites are used to observe sea surface temperature. Appropriate for grade levels 7-12 and general audiences.
Climate variability and fisheries application, this site offered by NOAA discusses how short and long term changes in the ocean and climate, affect fisheries populations. You'll find ocean temperature discussed and examples of change along a timeline. Appropriate for grade levels 9-12 and general audiences.
Current news article, from NASA indicates that wind and current changes have led to warming of the Indian Ocean. An interesting summary of a study that reveals potential implications for long-term climate variability. Appropriate for grade levels 9-12 and general audiences.