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Chesapeake Exploration

NOAA’s Chesapeake Exploration is a new and innovative collection of online activities for middle and high school students that brings the science of the Chesapeake Bay to life. Chesapeake Exploration gives teachers and their students unprecedented access to lessons designed around real-time observational data from the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. Inside a virtual classroom, Chesapeake Exploration guides students through an engaging investigative process that explores natural and human systems and cycles and the ways in which they interact throughout the Bay and its watershed. Teachers can create a unique online environment for their classrooms, including locking parameters such as date/time so all students use the same data sets and storing student answers online for easy grading. Using Chesapeake Exploration, students can (1) Query observational platforms throughout the Bay from their classroom or home; (2)Use National Geographic's Fieldscope to investigate the natural and human systems in the Bay's watershed and answer geospatial questions; and (3) Populate "dynamic worksheets" that ask them to think through scientific principles related to water quality and weather phenomena using current observation data.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Data, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: weather, watershed, stormwater, habitat and niche, water quality, water testing, salinity, fish, Geography, Temperature

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Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) - Investigations

Scientists measure Bay water temperatures, turbidity (clearness of the water), and other "indicators" to monitor the health of the Chesapeake Bay. "Indicators" give us information about the quality of Bay waters. If you have ever wondered how muddy waters impact underwater plants in the Chesapeake, or how steamy summer temperatures affect water quality, explore the interactive investigations provided on this NOAA website. These short activities use real-time and stored data from the CBIBS to help you answer these and other water quality questions.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: weather, water quality

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NOAA Tides and Water Levels Tutorial

Maritime activities throughout the world depend on accurate tidal and current information for safe operation. NOAA's National Ocean Service collects, studies and provides access to thousands of historical and real-time observations as well as predictions of water levels, coastal currents and other data. The Tides and Waters Levels Tutorial is an overview of the complex systems that govern the movement of tides and water levels. The Roadmap to Resources complements the information in the tutorial by directing you to additional information and data from NOAA and other reliable resources. The Subject Review would be useful for teachers to use as a worksheet for students to answer questions as they go through to tutorial, or could help generate quiz questions. This website also includes a video on storm surges and a podcast on tides.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, weather, tides

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Real-Time Stream Data Map

Use this online map to find real-time river flow and water data through the U.S. Geological Service's river gauge stations. You can download data in the main rivers of the Chesapeake region, including the James, Shenandoah, Potomac and Susquehanna.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, weather, watershed, water quality

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Rain Storms, Landuse, and Lake Turbidity Lesson

Students will begin to understand the relationships between rainfall, landuse, and turbidity (suspended particulate material) in lakes. Students will identify factors that increase turbidity in lakes and describe and quantify the impacts of major rainfall events on turbidity values in a lake.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): High School
Keywords: land use, weather, watershed, stormwater, sediment, soil and rocks, water quality

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Virginia Estuarine & Coastal Observing System (VECOS)

This site features an interactive map showing turbidity, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH and chlorophyll.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Data
Level(s): High School
Keywords: weather, water quality, water testing, salinity, dissolved oxygen, Temperature

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