Module 4


Ecology: Ocean

Covering about 2/3 the surface of earth, oceans are largely responsible for making earth a livable environment to humans as they regulate climate long-term and provide the world with most of its oxygen. Today ocean temperatures are rising at the same time CO2 pollution is transforming the chemistry of the ocean making the water more acidic. The most rapid change is taking place in the Arctic’s cold-water regions, leaving its marine environment, such as that of the Bering and Chukchi Sea, in double jeopardy. Oceans are resilient, however, and studying the interplay between earth, ocean and climate, we will explore our role in protecting life in the oceans—and ourselves.

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Module Question: What happens if oceans change?

Guiding question of “general knowledge” section:
How do the oceans and climate affect one another?

Guiding question of “Native knowledge” section:
How are species dependent on each other and their environment, and what happens when this interdependence is disrupted?

Guiding question of the case study section:
How will marine ecosystem such at the Arctic Ocean be affected by climate change?

Chat topic: Climate Chaos.

Collaboration: Climate Zone posting to the Nature Map