Following is a listing of oceanography topics treated by Maury Peer
Trainers in teacher enhancement seminars. The seminars are offered in a
variety of locations, frequently at state science teachers' meetings. The
topics, all of which involve classroom tested, hands-on activities, include
workshop guides provided at no charge, to all participating teachers.
For more information on the availability of training sessions, contact your
Maury Peer trainer.
- Wind-Driven Ocean
- investigates gyres by first looking at single surface
currents and then building to a global perspective of ocean gyre circulations.
- Density-Driven Ocean
- investigates density-driven circulation by using a set
of temperature and salinity measurements from simulated water samples taken at
different depths at a single location in the Atlantic Ocean. The objective is
to build a global perspective of deep ocean structure and density-driven
- Ocean Tides
- investigates the role of the Moon in generating the
ocean tides. Many other influences build on these astronomical foundations to
produce the tides actually observed at any specific location. These include
such factors as the Sun, shape of the ocean bottom, coastline irregularities,
- Deep-Water Ocean Waves
- investigates deep-water ocean waves by generating a
simulated wave and observing its progression across the water surface. The goal
is to investigate the characteristics of these ocean waves and the water motions
associated with them.
- Shallow-Water Ocean
- uses the simulated advance of surface waves toward the
shore to investigate changes in wave characteristics that eventually lead to
breakers and surf. The simulation assumes an ocean bottom that slopes gradually
upwards towards the shore.
- Coastal Upwelling
- investigates coastal upwelling and downwelling by
looking at the combinations of coastline orientation, persistent wind direction,
and Earth rotation that produce the water movements.
- Measuring Sea Level
- uses data acquired by the TOPEX/Poseidon altimeter
located in an orbiting satellite to investigate the relationship between the
topography of the sea surface and the topography of the sea floor. Variations
in sea level due to known density differences within Earth's interior have been
accounted for and the data adjusted to eliminate these effects.
- Ocean Sound
- investigates the effect of variations in temperature,
pressure, and salinity on the transmission of sound in the ocean. The paths of
sound waves in the Deep Sound Channel are modeled by the movement of playing
pieces across a board divided into slow and fast lanes.
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