This comprehensive site is an introduction to sea ice: what it is, how it forms, how it is studied, how it affected historical expedition in the polar regions, and what role it plays in the global climate. The site contains a glossary of sea ice terms and references to additional information, which all serve as an excellent introduction. Data are also available from various collection methods for student interpretation.
Links to national and international level electronic resources for aquaculture information including: scientific institutions, agencies, industries, news, newsletters, job listings, discussion groups, courses, species, publications, and commercial products. Goals include: providing self-paced aquaculture instruction to the aquaculture industry, and obtaining user input in directing AquaNIC services. A version in Spanish is being prepared.
Located at VIMS in Gloucester Point, Virginia, CBNERR works to provide field experiences for student (pre-school through college), educator and public audiences. Programs are designed to enhance awareness and understanding of the estuary and emphasize the interrelationships of coastal habitats and human activities. Trip activities include exploration of salt marsh, submerged aquatic vegetation and shallow water habitats, collection of fish, crabs and other invertebrates and water quality and watershed studies.
An interactive online database containing real-time and archived weather data from stations throughout Chesapeake Bay, with more on the way. Real time parameters include temperature, wind speed and direction, wind gusts, pressure, humidity, and rainfall amount. Archived data points consist of 21 different parameters recorded every 30 minutes.
How does the human population affect the population of marine species? What can citizens do to sustain seafood populations? In this lesson, students will learn how pieces of the ocean food web, fish, are being removed faster than they can be replenished. Students will also learn how they can become informed consumers to promote sustainable seafood.
How do scientists measure the abundance of rocky intertidal organisms? How does the subtidal zone differ from the rocky intertidal zone in organisms and abundance? Every Square Inch Counts is an activity that compares the rocky intertidal habitats of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to the subtidal benthic habitat in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
Students will learn about the diverse marine ecosystems found in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and off the coast of American Samoa, and protection of their natural and cultural resources. In the resource, students first learn about the marine sanctuaries and the work in small groups to develop posters. Can be used in both formal and informal education.
Located in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary offers its live and virtual visitors an amazing glimpse into the sea. The website includes a variety of downloadable educational materials for teachers and students, as well as information on professional development opportunities. The site also features a sanctuary encyclopedia, which provides information on all of the plants and animals found in the sanctuary, complete with pictures, video, and links.
What does over-fishing mean? What are the effects of over-fishing on fish stocks? Through the game in this lesson, students will understand the effects of over-fishing on the sustainability of fish stocks and, thus, the ability to meet the human demand for seafood.
Provides a sampling of research projects conducted at the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary off Georgia's Sapelo Island. Projects range from geology to trawling impacts on the seafloor, estimating fish populations by video transect, Sanctuary monitoring using data buoys, sidescan sonar and other technologies. Examples of current projects: conducting a study on the movement patterns of fish in the area; efforts to understand the roles of "choices" fishes might make in their behaviors, and its impact on diversity of species found in reef fish communities and a study designed to inventory the invertebrates and fish communities and analyze how those communities are impacted by fishing activities. Appropriate for grades 9 and up.
The IAN symbol libraries contain over 1500 custom made symbols (in 32 categories) designed specifically for enhancing science communication skills. The aim of the IAN is to make these symbols a standard resource for scientists, resource managers, community groups and environmentalists worldwide. Site provides information on the Network, publications, and a wealth of additional project and informational resources.
Developed by a fifth grade teacher, the Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs curriculum includes lesson plans, which feature links to additional information, and PowerPoint presentations. Topics discussed include altimetry, phytoplankton and ocean color, symbiosis and coral anatomy, sea surface temperature and coral bleaching, and conservation. The lesson plans can be used in sequence or by themselves.
Portal to NOAA programs on coral reef research, management, protection. Online booklet describes corals, importance of reefs as habitat, value to humans, natural and human impacts. Site offers outreach and online educational materials, including lesson plans and list of things you can do. Search coral reef data and publications, find funding opportunities, review state of U.S. reefs, local and national action plans. Provides links to related sites, including coral reef photo library, international initiatives.
A comprehensive bibliography of marine science books for K-12. This site includes book descriptions with the corresponding grade levels, and a teacher's resource page with featured curricula and units.
Offers information and hands-on activities in ocean, watershed, technology and marine careers topics; for students of all levels. Regional field experiences for students and teachers. On-line resources include: virtual Sanctuary fieldtrips, virtual expeditions and discovery classrooms. Some address national standards and state standards.
Sea Grant's award winning, comprehensive exotic species resource center with everything from educational materials to research findings on a variety of exotic species. Site features peer-reviewed literature, unreviewed publications, and the outreach section includes a searchable database of reference material covering all aspects of nonindigenous species, including individual exotic species. Also features an outstanding kid's section containing games and information on exotics.