Information and Activities


INFORMATION

Barrier Islands and Coastal Processes
  • PowerPoint presentation introducing barrier island environments and coastal processes (waves, currents, storms).

  • Waves, Longshore Current and Tides


  • Bureau of Economic Geology Educational Resources

    NOAA Ocean Service Education Pages
  • Currents: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/tutorial_currents/
  • Tides: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/tutorial_tides/

    Office of Naval Research Oceanography series.
    This website has great information about all aspects of oceanography including currents, tides, beaches, estuaries, and ocean water characteristics. Each section has a quick quiz to test you on the information you just learned.
  • http://www.onr.navy.mil/focus/ocean/
  • http://estuaries.noaa.gov/About/Home.aspx

    Estuary Education from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

  • http://estuaries.noaa.gov/About/Home.aspx



  • ACTIVITIES AND EXERCISES


    All exercises linked on this page are in Microsoft Word or Adobe Portable Document Format. If you do not have Microsoft Word  installed on your computer, you can download Word Viewer. Word Viewer is built to automatically configure itself as a Helper Application for Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. This allows users to automatically view Word documents that are linked to on the web in the user's default web browser.


  • Beach profile analysis
  • Sand analysis
  • Introduction to waves

    Other lesson plans and activities:


    Earth Science lesson plans from NOAA Ocean Service including Tides, Currents, Climate Change, Estuaries and GPS
    There is a lesson plan about Shoreline Change that can be found under Habitat Management/Monitoring.

  • http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/lessons/welcome.html



    Estuaries 101
    Curriculum for middle and high school students increases knowledge of coastal and estuarine science and how estuaries affect daily lives. The curriculum has been developed by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

  • http://estuaries.noaa.gov/Teachers/Home.aspx

     


  • ADDITIONAL MODULES

    The two modules below are from a group of modules created for a National Science Foundation grant called "Cataclysms And Catastrophes - The Role Of Science In Natural And Human-Induced Disasters". The purpose of the program was to create inquiry-based learning activities through a partnership involving K-12 teachers, graduate students and research scientists at the Institute for Geophysics and the Bureau of Economic Geology. The activities provide opportunities for teachers to use technology in science learning.


    Hurricane!

    Description: Students will use Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) surveys to characterize the capitol city of Honduras - Tegucigalpa. These data sets provide digital elevation maps which can be artificially flooded to simulate real-life disaster management scenarios for an urban setting. The data have been provided by the Bureau of Economic Geology. Students will learn:

    • To associate flooding and landslides with Hurricanes.
    • To become familiar with Geological Information System (GIS) software packages.
    • To relate model predictions to real-life scenarios.
    Number of Activities: 2
    Age-appropriate for: 10th-12th grade
    Supplies Needed: paper, pencil, calculator, computer, internet access

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    Module Overview

    Exercise 1: Weather Tracking

    Exercise 2: Flood Protection

    Supplemental Material

    LIDAR Powerpoint

    Answer Key


    Coastal Zone

    Description: The coastal zone is constantly changing. Wind, waves, tide, and currents are processes that have a daily affect on the beach and shoreline. Storms can have a dramatic and instantaneous effect on the coast that may take years to recover from. An understanding of the changes to the beach and shoreline gives insight to the processes that form them.

    • To associate flooding and landslides with Hurricanes.
    • To become familiar with Geological Information System (GIS) software packages.
    • To relate model predictions to real-life scenarios.
    Number of Activities: 4
    Age-appropriate for: 8th-12th grade
    Supplies Needed: scissors, colored sticky dots, computer, PowerPoint software

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    Module Overview and Activities
    Worksheet 1 Worksheet 2
    Worksheet 3
    Supplement #1 Power Point
    Supplement #2 (Student)
    Supplement #2 (Teacher)
    Data Sheet