Ocean Impacts on an El Nino Event

This lesson explores El Nino by looking at sea surface temperature, sea surface height, and wind vectors in order to seek out any correlations there may be among these three variables, using the My NASA Data Live Access Server. The lesson guides the students through data representing the strong El Nino from 1997 to 1998. In this way, students will model the methods of researchers who bring their expertise to study integrated science questions.

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Missy Holzer
My NASA Data
Activity takes two 50 minute class periods. Access to a computer lab is necessary.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Some terminology has changed in the My NASA Data Live Access Server web interface, but it should be easy for educators to adapt their instructions to the student users of this website.

There are no obvious instructions on how to save the images produced by the Live Access Server: Educators will need to make sure to instruct their students.

Activity has students getting data by hand, which is a lot of work. Potentially download data ahead of time for students.

Extensions to this lesson offer additional inquiry activities that address this topic.

Other El NiÃo activities that include more recent data can be found at: http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/], animation to support this activity can be found at: [http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/videos.html.

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