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NASA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Regional Focus

Global

Aquarius: Ocean Circulation

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Synopsis
  • This animated video shows the circulation of the Earth's oceans as it relates to salinity and the data collected from the Aquarius satellite.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video includes a transcript and summary.
  • The animation of ocean circulation and currents are easy to follow.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know what ocean salinity means.
  • In the Related URLs section, the additional visualizations link is broken.

Differentiation

  • Students can explore definitions of various terms including water cycle, weather and climate, technology, and societal applications.
  • Students can do further research on the Aquarius mission overview and summarize how the data can help scientists improve the accuracy of their climate models.
  • Other resources related to these topics include this video about thermohaline circulation and this video about why oceans circulate.
Scientist Notes
This resource consists of a short 2-minute video that briefly explores the thermohaline circulation of the Earth's oceans and the relationship with other climate systems. This video seems to be a short promo for the Aquarius satellite but still serves as a good introduction to ocean circulation. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

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    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
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