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Coastal Observations: a Biological Perspective

2011

NASA Coastal Observations Teacher Workshops 2011

Climate change is a major component in how we study the Earth. There are many variables that go into creating an understanding of climate change, and in turn, our planet. One such variable are the physical, chemical, and biological interactions in our oceans. The coastal oceans are one of the most biologically-productive regions on our planet and can serve as a major research area of climate change indicators. By using satellite data, hands-on shipboard measurements, and laboratory analysis, we can get a better understanding of why our coastal oceans are so important in understanding our global climate.

The 2011 NASA Coastal Observation Research Experience Workshop is designed for NASA Explorer School teachers to become familiar with the science and research techniques used by NASA to study the coastal oceans, ocean color and the Earth's biosphere from space. We can learn about everything from phytoplankton to harmful algal blooms by using satellite data, as well as shipboard measurements. Teachers get the opportunity to climb aboard research boats, work in a laboratory setting, and perform some of the same research techniques used by NASA scientists. All this information can then be taken back into the K-12 classroom in the form of laboratory activities, lessons, online resources, and real-world experiences.

Presentations

Below are the actual presentations for the workshop. Contained within is a plethora of great information in NASA's research in coastal ocean science.

Activities

These activities were part of the workshop and can be used as part of classroom lessons.

Resources and Links:

Resources and Links: Below are resources that were discussed at the workshop.

  • SpecGrapComp.pdf - pdf, 526.88 kB:
    Spectrometer Graph Comparisons (Brian Campbell)

Contact: For more information, please contact the NASA Workshop Lead, Brian A. Campbell

2009

NASA Coastal Observations Teacher Workshops

The Coastal Observations Teacher Workshops are designed for teachers to become familiar with the science and research techniques used by NASA to study ocean color and the Earth’s biosphere from space. We can learn about everything from phytoplankton to harmful algal blooms by using satellite data, as well as shipboard measurements. Teachers get the opportunity to climb aboard research boats and perform some of the same research techniques used by NASA scientists. All this information can then be taken back into the K-12 classroom in the form of laboratory activities, lessons, online resources, and real-world experiences.

Presentations

Resources

View the online photo gallery.   Images taken by participants.

The TacSat video that was shown in the Control Room and some other Wallops launch videos can be found at:
http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/code840/multimedia.html

The link to the MLAS video and photos is:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/mlas.html

The animation of the Taurus II and the pressurized and unpressurized cargo delivery is found at:
http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/ImagesMultimedia/Video/#