Video Micro-lecture: Oceans, Ocean Circulation and Sea Surface Temperatures

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A video lecture by Raghu Murtugudde​, University of Maryland that introduces basic concepts in oceanography. This video lecture is part of a MOOC titled ‘Climate Change’ and has been developed by the National Resource Centre on Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India.

Students will learn basic concepts of oceanography such as trade winds, atmospheric pressure, Thermohaline circulation (THC), Walker circulation, upwelling and downwelling, Coriolis effect, and gyres amongst others. Through the use of ocean cycles and models, students will be able to chart the changes in surface temperature patterns and relate that to carbon dioxide and methane concentrations over time.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the role of the oceans and ocean circulation with respect to the climate of the Earth.
  2. Why is the rate of change in sea surface temperature different for the Antarctic ocean when compared to other oceans?

About the Tool

Tool NameW04 C03 P05 L03 Climate Change on Historical Timescales Lecture 03
DisciplineEarth Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineOceanography, Ocean Circulation, Currents, Sea Surface Temperature, Thermohaline Circulation, Coriolis, Trade Winds
Climate TopicClimate and the Hydrosphere; Climate and Atmosphere,  Climate Variability Record; Long-term Cycles and Feedback Mechanisms
Type of toolVideo (44 mins)
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
Developed byNational Resource Centre (NCR) at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)
Hosted atIISER Pune Channel on YouTube
Computer SkillsBasic

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