Ecological Marine Unit Education

Deliver 3D ocean data to the classroom

The perfect setting to discuss the EMUs is the classroom. Engage students’ intellects by explaining how studying marine data can make a difference. Demonstrate how the EMU Explorer web app allows oceans to be visualized in 3D. Share your observations and encourage participation. Lecture about fish and you might capture the student’s interest for the day; teach them about the tools to impact fish and their habitats and you’ll capture their interest for a lifetime.

Dive deep with the EMU Explorer to see an ocean of 3D visualizations.

A two-dimensional approach to understanding marine environments is just scratching the surface of what can be understood. In contrast, analysis of the entire water column is inherently a 3D application, which is best expressed in the EMU Explorer. Take students on a trip through the ocean’s various depths to discuss how temperature gradients might impact various marine species.

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The EMU Explorer serves as a powerful tool for laboratory exercises. When teaching the impact of agricultural fertilizer runoff and corresponding “dead zones,” explain the relationship between fertilizer runoff, algal blooms, oxygen consuming bacteria, and marine life. Use the app to examine dissolved oxygen levels in the water columns of the Gulf of Mexico. Then have students explore several locations closer to the mouth of the Mississippi to determine if they can notice any change. Students will learn firsthand that the bacteria decomposing the algae leave insufficient oxygen for fish, shrimp, and other marine life to survive, causing them to flee or die.

An Ocean of Open Data

Open your eyes to 50-year aggregates of NOAA’s World Ocean Atlas marine data available online and for download, free of charge, from over 52 million reference locations. Access information such as temperature, salinity, and nutrient content to teach how these indicators influence ecosystem response.

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