Activity: Are You an Ocean Critter?
March 18, 2009 in Education Materials
Students will be able to:
- interpret real time wave height and sea surface temperature data
- predict if it is a good beach day
Computer with Internet access
Some animals in the ocean are capable of traveling extreme distances; others stay in one area their entire life. One factor that can affect animal migration is temperature.
What temperature do you like the water to be when you swim?
- Go to Rutgers Coolroom (http://www.thecoolroom.org) and select “Swimmers, Surfers, and Divers”.
- Obtain the current temperature and wave height at Tuckerton.
- Based on the real time temperature information, and the surf height, do you think it will be a warm and safe day to go to the beach?
- Select another beach, obtain the sea surface temperature and determine if it would be a good day to go to that beach? For example, check out Cape Cod, Cape Hatteras, or Chesapeake Bay.
- You might want to check the traffic sites to see if you will ever get there!
New York (http://www.traffic.com/New-York-Traffic/New-York-Traffic-Reports.html)
Cape Cod/Boston (http://www.boston.com/traffic/7.shtml)
Cape Hatteras (http://apps.dot.state.nc.us/tims/)
Washington D.C. (http://www.traffic.com/Washington-DC-Traffic/Washington-DC-Traffic-Reports.html)
- What influences human water-based recreation? Do they vary from person to person?
This activity was originally developed by COSEE-MA by Liesl Hotaling and Janice McDonnell.