There are a large number of floats throughout the world ocean, constantly collecting information about the ocean and sending it back to scientists on land. The Biogeochemical-Argo project is working to “develop[e] a global network of biogeochemical sensors.”
They are constantly out there, meaning there is a constant source of data about different areas in the ocean.
You can use these data to ask questions like:
- how do properties (e.g., water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen) in the ocean vary across time?
- how do properties in the ocean vary across space?
- how do properties in the ocean vary with depth between the surface to 2,000 meters?
- how does the ocean in one region vary over time?
You can also read the overall context of the project and science questions, do spark other ideas of how you can use the data, as well as looking at the data through Key Areas & Projects of Biogeochemical-Argo.
You can access the data through the online mapping platform, or via accessing the database.
Have fun bringing the ocean to your students!