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Exploring Mote Marine Laboratory Oceanography Data in the Classroom

Exploring Mote Marine Laboratory Oceanography Data in the Classroom

This guide instructs educators on the classroom use of transect station data from the Mote Marine Laboratory. This data, from the Phytoplankton Ecology Program, consists of hydrographic conditions (temperature, salinity and density) and chlorophyll fluorescence, which depicts general phytoplankton distributions. Of particular interest are the toxic phytoplankton which produce 'red tide' events. Topics include harmful algal bloom dynamics and prediction methods; temperature-depth relationships; relationships between temperature, salinity, and density; and the use of Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) instrument casts. Students will be able to use the data to make hypotheses about factors that may induce algal blooms; make and test predictions about factors leading to algal blooms, use the data to make visualizations of temporal changes; and interpret transect and vertical profile data. A link is provided to the laboratory's transect data, and other links access related resources on the use of data in oceanographic studies and information on toxic algal blooms.

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