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View Resource The Laboratory for Ocean Color Users (LOCUS)

LOCUS is a collaborative site featuring the use of Giovanni, a Web-based data exploration and analysis tool. LOCUS is intended to support the research use of Ocean Color Giovanni, which has data from SeaWiFS and MODIS-Aqua. The site includes several educational modules covering ocean color and sea surface temperature, boundary currents, upwelling and primary productivity, interannual and seasonal...

View Resource Ship Mates

Excellent site by Bigelow Laboratory presents seasonal data from the Gulf of Maine, introduces principles and technologies of oceanographic research. Measurements of ocean temperature, salinity, chlorophyll, plus research cruise logs and scientists' insights, are used in data analysis activities. Investigates phytoplankton productivity, seasonal layering and mixing of Gulf water, diversity of...

View Resource Phytoplankton Productivity

This laboratory activity, from the University of Toronto, provides a short introduction to measuring changes in dissolved oxygen and measuring primary productivity using 14C. The 14C-radiotracer method is used to measure the assimilation of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) by phytoplankton as an estimate of the rate of photosynthetic production of organic matter in the euphotic zone.

View Resource Southeast Phytoplankton Monitoring Network

This website features the Southeast Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, an organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of harmful blooms by way of volunteer monitoring. Volunteers are instructed on algae identification and sample on a weekly/biweekly basis throughout the coastal southeast, reporting their data to researchers at the Marine Biotoxins Program. Results from volunteer...

View Resource When is Dinner Being Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine

This is a student activity regarding phytoplankton blooms and their effects on the ecosystem. Students will obtain and analyze data on the variables that influence the spring phytoplankton bloom from buoy monitoring stations in the Gulf of Maine. Activity includes background information, step by step instructions, additional resources, and activity extensions.

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