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Earth Science Project:
Create an Ocean Weather Forecast

Have you ever jumped into the surf during the summer and been surprised to find that the water is too cold to swim?

Wouldn’t it be nice to know the water temperature of the ocean before you even left for the beach? What if you could predict the water temperature a few days into the future?



In this project, you will study data from satellite temperature images and underwater sensors (CTDs) to look for evidence of an upwelling off the coast of New Jersey. Based on your new knowledge, you will use real-time ocean data from the COOLroom to create your own "Ocean Weather Forecast" for the local newspaper.

Using the same satellite, CTD, and meteorological data that you will learn about, scientists at the COOLroom are learning how to forecast the "ocean weather". These ocean forecasts are much like the weather forecasts you see every day on the news for the atmosphere. The ability to forecast conditions in the ocean is very important to oceanographers that are studying an event that happens in the ocean called upwelling. During an upwelling, cold water from the bottom of the ocean moves up to the surface, carrying with it nutrients needed to support the plants and animals in the ocean. Although an upwelling event can be good news for fish (and for fisherman), it’s usually not great news for swimmers.

COOL projects
cool classroom welcome units
biology project: gone fishing
who's in the cool?
form a hypothesis
analyze data
outside influences
watch it happen
create a forecast
physics: follow that bloom
physics: adrift