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Answering Questions About the Effect of Salinity on Climate
Design your own experiment based on the activities conducted for the following outcomes:
  • Explain the relationship between fresh water and ocean dynamics.
  • Determine if global precipitation, evaporation, and the cycling of water are changing.
  • Explain the influence of the El Niño Southern Oscillation on global weather patterns.
  • Explain the influence of ocean salinity on the thermohaline circulation (e.g., ""global conveyor belt"").
  • Describe how changes in the ocean's circulation can produce large changes in climate.
  • Explain how climate variations can induce changes in the global ocean circulation.
After completing this activity, students should be able to conduct a complex experiment to answer a question they have about the effect of ocean salinity on climate. Grade level: 9-12.