Modeling Ocean Processes


Source: Wikimedia.org

Type: Investigation

Theme: Nature

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Learning Target: Students will learn how to model ocean processes using periodic functions, illustrations, or research.

Instructions

For this investigation each student group of two will: 

  1. Explore two questions about an ocean dataset. Select only one dataset for your project.
    1. Seattle tides
    2. [or] Waves off the Washington coast.
  2. Show and annotate data to answer that question.
  3. Build a model of the process. Select one or more:
    1. Illustrated model
    2. Infographic
    3. Annotated Desmos model
    4. Annotated Spreadsheet model
    5. Other (Python, DataWrapper, etc.)
  4. Write a new question about your data. You do not need to answer this question.
  5. Final product will be a document, Sway, or PowerPoint.

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sFC8yNSQ-hhN4YLhWkgHEZl39cjcphHMnoHj61Vo9aM/edit?usp=sharing


Datasets

Option 1: Seattle Tides

Questions

  1. How does the moon and geography affect tides in Seattle? (Be specific and make a model)
  2. What time and how high will high tide be in Seattle on your next birthday?

Data Sources

  1. https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.html
  2. https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/usa/seattle

Option 2: Waves off the Washington Coast

Questions

  1. If you were to plan an excursion out to sea, which month would be most dangerous and which month would be most safe? Please show evidence in an annotated graph.
  2. Is there a relationship between wave period and height? If so, please describe and model.

Data Sources

When downloading this data, select “Binned Months.”

  1. Average Period: https://dataexplorer.oceanobservatories.org/#ooi/array/CE/subsite/CE09OSSM/parameter/216/data
  2. Maximum Height: https://dataexplorer.oceanobservatories.org/#ooi/array/CE/subsite/CE09OSSM/parameter/217/data

Additional Resourcess

Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can model with mathematics.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns
  • Cause and Effect
  • Systems and System Models

Samples

Samara and Madison's Tide Project
Melia's Tide Project
Armand's Tide Project