Topic: Oceanic Heat Budget
The oceans can absorb and store great amounts of heat. Climatologists have long debated the role of the oceans, in the projected warming of the planet. One thing climatologists do agree on, however, is that the oceans do play a major role in weather and climate. Oceans, which cover 72 % of the planet, have been described as the "memory" of the world climate system. The oceans can store large amounts of heat at great depths for thousands of years before it circulates back into the atmosphere. Currents move this stored heat throughout the oceans.
We have traveled the oceans following and measuring the currents that flow on the surface and within the ocean. Satellite altimeters are constantly monitoring ocean currents and sea surface temperatures. Surface currents are of great importance, because they help regulate the water temperature throughtout the world.
Four previously undiscovered islands about the size of the Island of Hawaii have been located. Your team's mission should you decide to accept it is to:
Choose one of the following four "make-believe"islands to explore:
To help you in your exploration and data gathering you may want to visit some real-time data sites such as:
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Lesson Ideas created/adapted by Margaret Hammer (Graduate Research Assistant) and Judith Kenworthy (Technology Mentor Fellowship Associate) Texas A&M University. All comments and questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org