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Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics
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"This undergraduate class is designed to introduce students to the physics that govern the circulation of the ocean and atmosphere. The focus of the course is on the processes that control the climate of the planet.AcknowledgmentsProf. Ferrari wishes to acknowledge that this course was originally designed and taught by Prof. John Marshall."

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Raffaele Ferrari
Date Added:
01/01/2008
Fossil corals reveal climate change during the Earth’s last warm period
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This resource is a video abstract of a research paper created by Research Square on behalf of its authors. It provides a synopsis that's easy to understand, and can be used to introduce the topics it covers to students, researchers, and the general public. The video's transcript is also provided in full, with a portion provided below for preview:

"Around 125,000 years ago Earth was relatively warmer than today All because Earth’s orbit permitted greater exposure to incoming solar rays This time period provides an example of how Earth’s climate might respond to future warming A recent study used fossil corals to explore past changes within the Tropical Atlantic a region sensitive to shifts in the rain belt that spans the equator Any effect this has on water bodies is captured within the reefs built by corals Oxygen isotopes within seven corals reveal 85 years of seasonal climate change Pairing the coral data with computer simulations showed the rain belt moved farther north bringing more summer rain to the islands of the South Caribbean, such as Bonaire in contrast to the dry weather found in the region today Brocas et al. Last Interglacial Hydroclimate Seasonality Reconstructed From Tropical Atlantic Corals..."

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Ecology
Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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Research Square
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Date Added:
09/20/2019
Garden Science: Drop in the Bucket
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In this 6th grade science class, students consider how they use water in their daily lives and learn that water is a nonrenewable resource in a closed system.

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Activity/Lab
Date Added:
03/16/2020
Minimizing the Impacts of Coastal Flooding Helps City Prepare for Sea Level Rise
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Several times per year, seawater floods some of the streets in Charleston, South Carolina. Taking steps to deal with this "nuisance" flooding can help the city prepare for sea level rise.

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Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Date Added:
08/29/2016
Ocean Water Desalination
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Students learn about the techniques engineers have developed for changing ocean water into drinking water, including thermal and membrane desalination. They begin by reviewing the components of the natural water cycle. They see how filters, evaporation and/or condensation can be components of engineering desalination processes. They learn how processes can be viewed as systems, with unique objects, inputs, components and outputs, and sketch their own system diagrams to describe their own desalination plant designs.

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Applied Science
Engineering
Hydrology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Carleigh Samson
Denise W. Carlson
Juan Ramirez Jr.
Stephanie Rivale
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Separating degraders from assimilators of DMSP in the North Sea
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"Dimethylsulfoniopropionate, or DMSP, is an organosulfur compound produced in huge quantities by organisms throughout the ocean. Understanding how marine organisms degrade and use DMSP has been the subject of research for more than 70 years, largely because DMSP is the precursor to the climate-active gas dimethyl sulfide (DMS), which aids in cloud formation. But a new study highlights one possibly overlooked detail in this area of study: major DMSP degraders aren’t necessarily using it as a carbon source. Researchers used isotope labelling (DNA-SIP) to identify microorganisms using DMSP as a carbon source in the North Sea. While metagenomic analyses suggested that Rhodobacterales and SAR11 bacteria were the major degraders of DMSP via demethylation, neither group was prominently labeled in DNA-SIP experiments, suggesting that they use DMSP as a source of sulfur but not of carbon. Instead, DNA-SIP pointed to gammaproteobacterial Oceanospirillales as the dominant microorganisms using DMSP as a carbon source..."

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Subject:
Biology
Life Science
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Research Square
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Date Added:
04/14/2023
Water Desalination Plant
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Students use a thermal process approach to design, build and test a small-scale desalination plant that is capable of significantly removing the salt content from a saltwater solution. Students use a saltwater circuit to test the efficiency of their model desalination plant and learn how the water cycle is the basis for the thermal processes that drive their desalination plant.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Hydrology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Carleigh Samson
Denise W. Carlson
Juan Ramirez Jr.
Stephanie Rivale
Date Added:
09/18/2014