NASA's salt-seeking Aquarius ascends to the heavens this June. Find out how it can help answer questions about climate change. Data on salinity provided by Aquarius will provide scientists with essential information to help improve climate change model that previously has been missing.
This video describes one of the missing variables in study of the oceans and their relation to climate change, the salinity level worldwide and as it varies region to region. While information on ocean temperature, winds over the water, sea level rise, and ocean color are all available, there is no data available on salt in the ocean. This is a key component in climate change models, and changes in salinity can be measured, which will provide information to improve our understanding of climate processes and our models of climate change.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
WATCH >> Studying the Salt of the Sea
TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE
This video can be used to generate discussion about salinity and its impact on global warming, the roles oceans play on climate change in general, and how scientists will use this new data.
Assessment is at the discretion of the educator in how this video is applied and the participation expected.