Learning Polar Oceanography: Ocean Currents and Climate Connections

This series of activities introduce students to polar oceanography, polar climate and how events that occur in oceans thousands of kilometers away affect them and the mid-latitudes using maps, images, lab experiments and online data tools. Students explore how conditions are changing in the Polar Regions and the possible impacts upon life in the United States and other mid-latitude nations.

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Alan Sills
PBS Newshour

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Ideally the teacher would research more recent Arctic climate data for the students to work with. The data sets that are provided end at 2003.

A good, short, visualization-type activity to add if time allows is "Exploring Global Ocean Currents" (See Part II of Extension Activities).

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