Education: Climate Change is Ocean Change

Climate Change is a process whose effects are focused mostly on land-based ecosystems: what will a changing climate do to agriculture or to anthropogenic energy consumption? However, climate change is having far-reaching effects in the ocean, from coastal seas to deep ocean waters. These effects are still relatively unstudied, leaving scientists with plenty of questions about what a changing ocean environment will mean for Earth's ecosystems.

Mean sea surface salinity (1950-2000)

As the Earth's climate warms, it creates an intensification of the water cycle, which means we can expect more extreme weather. Dr. Raymond Schmitt makes connections between a warming climate and its relationship to ocean surface salinity.
pH solutions

Ted Taylor, an earth science teacher at Bangor High School, has his students work through a series of laboratory activities centered around ocean acidification.
Carbon flux

Dr. Gary Lagerloef explains how understanding ocean salinity can help us to better understand human-induced global climate change.
Annual mean sea surface temperature

The Water Cycle (00:03:18)  Analyzing and Interpreting Data Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 
In this clip, Dr. Raymond Schmitt talks about how varying ocean temperatures play a role in the global water cycle.
Trends in global salinity

Observing changes in global ocean salinity and identifying trends involves the work of many scientists to process multiple types of data.