Ocean Currents, Climate and Weather

Created by:
Chris Carter  Saddleback Unified School District, Orange County, CA  USA

URL: http://www.can-do.com/uci/lessons98/Oceans.html

 Warm Up Links

A Global View from Space - Very Cool by NOAA
Click here to see live Surf cam images of the from around the world
Click here to see weather data, surf cams and surf reports and links from around the world
National Buoy Center - Real Time Data

Use the Following Web Site Find the Answers to these questions
NDBC Education Pages -NOAA

    (1) Are air temperatures the same over land and water?
   (2) Does water temperature differ between near-shore and offshore sites?
   (3) What is air pressure?
   (4) How are ocean waves described?
   (5) What causes ocean surface waves?
   (6) Are wind speeds the same over land as they are over the ocean?
   (7) What are sea breezes?
   (8) What are hurricanes? What happens during a hurricane?
   (9) What are tides?
  (10) How do tropical storms differ from winter storms?

The Ocean Environment:

The Gulf Stream Current
Introduction to the Gulf Stream Current
What causes the Gulf Stream?
The Gulf Stream Voyage - Includes activities, student work sheets, links, real time data and
a complete tutorial
Resource for students about currents waves and tides
Click here to see hurricane, tornadoes and severe weather

Satellite Movie Uploads and Videos of Current Temperatures

Hurricane information and Tracking
These are hurricane & Extreme impact studies.
Included are the methods of forecasting.

Marine Life

Biological Sciences Database - Marine Biology
 See some images from a local University and compare to the Atlantic animals.  See pictures of invertebrates, arthropods, fish, mammals and more! Why are there different organisms in the Atlantic Ocean?

Pictures of Fish
This is great resource for pictures and data about different kinds of marine life

What Mammals live in the oceans?

Research Project:
Pick a topic relating to Oceanography and climate.
Using the links below try to find the information for your topic. - Remember just because it is on the Internet does not make it a reliable source of information.  See
"Thinking Critically about WWW  Resources

Ocean Planet Resource Room - NOAA
Oceanography Resources on the Internet
Oceanography Resources - Ocean Resources
The Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator
  - NOAA
Scripps Institute of Oceanography Library

Use at least 5 sites in your reserch Project. Be sure to site the URL's used exactly as they are written in the window!  The best way to copy the address correctly is to copy and paste it from your web browser to your word processing program

Check These Links!!!
Science Links for Meteorology
Science Links for Oceanography

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 Email: cchaskins@hotmail.com  Christina Carter

Created August 11, 1998
Last Revised
April 14, 2001