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August 01, 2014  

New Ocean Acidification Education Tool Developed

screenshot from the OA NODE Module.  The screenshot includes a graph, a box where users can select OA parameters to change, and a box that shows an animation of what those parameters will do to a reef over time.
A screen shot from the OA NODE Module carbonate saturation simulation. This tool allows users to select parameters of OA and see what those parameters will do to a reef over time; the parameters for this simulation were an elapsed time of 50 years, a water temperature increase of 1.5 degrees C, and an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide of 120 parts per million. Photo credit: NOAA

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The Ocean Acidification Module

The CRCP developed a new Ocean Acidification (OA) Data-in-the-Classroom Module, as part of the NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project in partnership with NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System and National Marine Sanctuaries. The new module incorporates real (and near-real time) OA data collected in the Caribbean region and maintained by the NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center.  These data sets support a collection of five scalable lesson plans with a Flash simulation of rising carbonate levels as well as other demos.  A beta version of the module is available online.

NODE modules were selected by a teacher/scientist network to be among the most effective web materials for building climate data literacy in the classroom. This curriculum contains five activities designed for grades 10-12, with lesson plans organized as a pathway with five levels of increasing sophistication and student engagement, starting from the simple science parameters and culminating in student-driven research:

  • Lesson 1: Ocean pH – Understanding spatial and temporal variations of ocean pH
  • Lesson 2: Ocean-Carbon connection – Understanding CO2-ocean connections
  • Lesson 3: Carbonate Chemistry – Ocean pH and carbonate chemistry
  • Lesson 4: Aragonite Saturation– Aragonite saturation state and marine calcifiers
  • Lesson 5: Student-driven Investigation – Design an investigation and obtain data