Effects of El NiÃo/La NiÃa on Phytoplankton and Fish

This video shows 15 years of data obtained via Polar-orbiting satellites that are able to detect subtle differences in ocean color, allowing scientists to see where there are higher concentrations of phytoplankton - a proxy for the concentration of chlorophyll in the ocean.

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Video length is 4:24 min.

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The video is easy to watch and is close-captioned; it provides both oral and visual info.

The video was made for Science On a Sphere (SOS) but has been made available for use on a flat screen.

Interactive video links are provided at the end of the video, some of which are provided in Spanish (though not labeled as such).

Note that this visual uses a different color coding scheme than other phytoplankton visuals (if using others in the classroom).

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