The Physical Basis of Weather – Part II

Over a four year period we offered teacher professional development on a new ocean and climate topic each year, accompanied by related lectures delivered by scientists on their cutting edge research. The focus of Exploring Connections between the Global Oceans and the Inland Southwest series was to illustrate the importance of the ocean to our region’s weather and climate, as well as to explore how inland populations affect the global oceans. 

Module 5, The Physical Basis of Weather – Part II, extended learning of the course’s central concept of “Ocean/Weather and Climate Connection” with three weather-related lessons and some focused reading. The ocean controls weather and climate by absorbing, storing, and moving heat, carbon, and water. The Earth’s ocean, atmosphere and climate have changed over time.

Context for Use

Although the workshops have concluded, resources are available below. The accompanying lecture videos can be found here.

COSEE The Physical Basis of Weather – Part II Cover Photo. Image by jplenio from Pixabay

Teaching Materials

COSEE: Learning Sequence (Module 5)
COSEE: Heat Balance - Convection and Density Lesson (Module 5)
COSEE: Change of Phase, Humidity, & Precipitation (Module 5)

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