Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 19 Issue 03

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Volume 19, No. 3
Pages 146 - 149

HANDS-ON OCEANOGRAPHY • An Introduction to Finding Context

Joceline Boucher Lauren E. Sahl
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In this activity, students make a single measurement (chlorophyll) for the purpose of interpreting it in a regional, seasonal, and historical context. The activity introduces students to the vast amount of online oceanographic data, builds lab skills, and requires calculations that emphasize basic concepts and unit conversions.


Boucher, J., and L.E. Sahl. 2006. Hands-on oceanography: An introduction to finding context. Oceanography 19(3):146–149, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2006.56.