Chlorophyll-Temperature Time Series

 

Project Background for Teachers. CCE LTER and Ocean Institute Bridge site science and Education and Outreach

 

Time Series. Expand your perception of data and uncover the hidden processes in science

 

Time, Temperature and Chlorophyll a.  How does sea surface temperature affect chlorophyll a concentrations?

 

Plankton in the Food Web

 

Plankton and the Food Web.  What role do plankton play in the food web?

 

Plankton and CO2. What impact do plankton have on CO2, dissolved oxygen, and pH levels in a marine environment?

 

pH, CO2 and the Fate of Shelled Organisms. What is the relationship between pH and CO2? How does it affect shelled organisms?

 

The Central North Pacific Gyre and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

 

Physics of Flotsam. Familiarizing students with the physics of plastic accumulation in the Central North Pacific Gyre.

 

Plastic Journey. A Study of the Central North Pacific Ocean Gyre - The Garbage Patch and watershed management.

 

Plastic Micro-Debris. Investigating plastic micro-debris in the Central North Pacific Gyre

 

Garbage. How should scientists study plastic micro-debris in the Central North Pacific Gyre?

 

Ocean Warming and Stratification

 

Effects of Ocean Warming on Plankton Lesson and Lab grade 11-12.  This lesson explores how much the surface of our oceans has warmed thus far and focuses on how this warming might affect plankton. Also discussed are the importance of plankton to both the carbon cycle and the food chain. This lesson includes a lab component where students build their own plankton models out of limited materials and investigate the sinking rates in colder versus warmer waters. Implications for how ocean warming will affect plankton are discussed based off of the lab findings. (Courtney Goode, Escondido Charter High School)

 

Possible Effects of Ocean Warming Lesson, Grades 9-10. This lesson presents the data on ocean warming thus far and presents three possible effects of further ocean warming. The effects discussed center around sea level rise (and the effects of land versus sea ice and thermal expansion, loss of species, and more frequent and intensified storms. This lesson includes a demo on thermal expansion of water and how it might lead to sea level rise as well as videos that demonstrate the effects of land versus sea ice. ( Courtney Goode, Escondido Charter High School)

 

Ocean Stratification Lesson and Lab, Grades 11-12. This is a two day lesson which presents the concepts of the thermocline, halocline and pycnocline and compares and contrasts them based on latitude. The effects these have on ocean mixing are also discussed. Students are presented with temperature and salinity data from previous CCE and other cruises to plot and determine the depth of both thermoclines and haloclines. These data are split based on latitude and even season for mid-latitude regions. ( Courtney Goode, Escondido Charter High School )

 

Ocean Acidification

 

Ocean Acidification.  This two session lesson explores ocean acidification through the scenario of a contaminated wetland. As environmental consultants, students must access the impact and provide solutions for the town they are working with. (Dana Lebental, Compton High School)

 

Nutrient Cycling

 

CCE-LTER Blog Webquest.  The purpose of this webquest is to have students understand some of the processes involved in oceanographic exploration and be able to appreciate oceanography from the perspective of the scientists. Students will be exposed to specific content and career possibilities in oceanography by reading a blog by a teacher at sea during a research cruise. (Jennifer Ogo, Kearny Mesa High School)

 

Oceanic Food Web. The purpose of this lesson is to have students correctly draw an oceanic food web and describe the interactions between organisms in this food web. In addition, students will understand the connection between food webs and trophic levels. (Jennifer Ogo, Kearny Mesa High School)

 

Nutrients and Phytoplankton Growth. The purpose of this lesson is to have students design an experiment to test the effect of nutrients on phytoplankton growth. They will determine which nutrients will help phytoplankton grow faster versus phytoplankton with no added nutrients. (Jennifer Ogo, Kearny Mesa High School)

 

California Current Ecosystem (Oxygen Levels). The purpose of this lesson to have students analyze CCE (California Current Ecosystem) data and be able to see the correlation between phytoplankton growth and dissolved oxygen in the ocean. (Jennifer Ogo, Kearny Mesa High School)

 

Life of a Marine Fish

 

The Game of Life: Fish Edition!  This one session lesson plan explores the life cycle of marine fishes. Focus question: What are the abiotic and biotic factors that cause mortality of marine fishes at the different development stages of their life cycle? (Sara Walkup and Rebecca Asch, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Ph.D. students. Development was funded through SeaGrant project #R/FISH-210)

 

Build Your Own Ocean Food Web! This one session lesson plan explores ocean food webs and the interconnectivity of organisms off the California coast. Focus question: What are the roles played by plants, animals, and other organisms in marine food webs off the California coast? (Sara Walkup and Rebecca Asch, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Ph.D. students. Development was funded through SeaGrant project #R/FISH-210)

 

Research Cruise Planning

 

Process Cruise Proposal. In this activity, students will take the role of scientists who are interested in participating in a research cruise off the California Coast. Throughout the lesson activies, students will develop an understanding of the aspects of life at sea, they will identify California Coast zooplankton, they will analyze CCE LTER data, and finally develop and present a research cruise proposal to a mock CCE LTER and NSF panel. (Carmina Ramirez, Calexico High School)