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In this lesson, students investigate and analyze the connection between sea surface temperatures and the flow pattern of the Gulf Stream current. Students will generate an Excel file of sea surface temperatures for the Gulf Stream region from data stored on the Live Access Server. In addition, students will also access and plot seasonal water temperature changes from different time periods. This will allow for a comparison of maximum and minimum temperature fluctuations as well as seasonal variations for locations throughout the Gulf Stream. Students will also explore the Gulf Stream’s affects on weather and offshore industries. This lesson uses student- and citizen science-friendly microsets of authentic NASA Earth system science data from the MY NASA DATA project. It also includes related links, extension, an online glossary, and a list of related AP Environmental Science topics.
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