One of the driving forces behind the motion of the surface water in the ocean is wind. If scientists want to predict what will happen in the ocean, they also need to keep track of the weather above the ocean.
A. Learn how weather data is collected by sensors on the Meteorological Tower (or "Met" tower) at the Rutgers Marine Field Station. Visit the Met Tower links in the Control Room and "What's COOL?" to learn how COOLroom scientists measure the wind and other weather. When you're done close the windows to continue with this project.
1. Go to Meteorological Tower in "What's COOL?"
2. Click on the orange Met Tower button in the Control Room to do the Met Tower Tutorial.
B. Interview Mike Crowley, a COOLroom scientist: listen to his explanation of how the ocean and the atmosphere have an impact on one another:
C. Learn how to calculate wind direction. Print a copy of the "Understanding Wind Direction" Worksheet to learn how oceanographers read a compass and name winds. If you already know how, skip to Test Your Knowledge. When you're done printing out the Worksheet, return to this window and continue.
1. Download "Understanding Wind Direction" Worksheet.
D. Test Your Knowledge: Naming Wind Direction -- Quick Quiz
E. Learn How to Graph Wind Speed and Direction. Print a copy of the Activity and Worksheet. When you're done printing out the Activity and Worksheet, return to this window and continue.
1. Download "Wind Speed and Direction" Activity.
2. Download "Wind Speed and Direction" Worksheet.