What is happening in the ocean?
Climate Kids: NASA’s eyes on the Earth. http://climate.nasa.gov/kids/bigQuestions/oceanHappening/
. This section of NASA’s Climate Kids site helps kids understand why the ocean is important and how the various effects of climate change are impacting the ocean. EPA Climate Change Kids’ Site. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/impacts/signs/index.html
. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Kids’ Site provides information on climate change and climate change impacts for children. The site also includes educator resources (see bottom of the page), including tips for teaching climate change.Ocean Chemistry.
Union of Concerned Scientists Global Warming Hot Map. http://www.climatehotmap.org/global-warming-effects/ocean-chemistry.html
. Discusses how the world’s oceans are becoming more acidic and threatening sea life.Is the Planet’s Carbon Sink Getting Too Full?
. Provides a basic explanation of how climate change leads to the warming of the oceans and why this warming is problematic. The Melting North Pole.
NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory. http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail.php?MediaID=83&MediaTypeID=2
. Virtual simulation showing that the concentration and extent of sea ice in the Arctic has been on the decline since the mid-1990's. Data collected by the DMSP satellite's SSM/I sensor is shown here for 2007 - 2008. These two years had the lowest ice extents on record since satellite observations first began.Climate Prediction Center. http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
. National Weather Service. The Climate Prediction Center produces educational materials to help students better understand the role of the climate system in our lives through the use of climate forecasts.Ocean Temperature.
Union of Concerned Scientists Global Warming Hot Map. http://www.climatehotmap.org/global-warming-effects/ocean-temperature.html
. Discusses how warmer oceans put coastal communities at risk, increase infrastructure costs, endanger polar creatures and threaten coral reefs and fisheries. Perhaps most alarmingly, rising ocean temperatures accelerate the overall warming trend.United States Global Change Research Program. http://www.globalchange.gov/
. This website is a well-organized resource for information on the many facets of climate change. Users can examine climate change impacts by region (including the Great Lakes), sector (such as ecosystems and society), and agency (how the United States federal agencies are related to climate change issues). Coastal Consequences of Sea Level Rise.
PBS Teachers professional development module. http://www.pbs.org/teachers/stem/professionaldevelopment/040/
. The ocean’s surface is not level, and sea levels change in response to changes in chemistry and temperature. Sophisticated satellite measurements are required for scientists to document current sea level rise. This module explores the evidence for sea level rise related to global climate change and the consequences for humanity, especially coastal-dwelling populations. References national standards.