Climate: Seas of Change


Explore earth science through the timely topic of climate change

Connect with scientists from the Nautilus Exploration Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to learn about:

  • Physical and chemical properties of water
  • Features of the ocean floor
  • Global winds and ocean currents
  • Earth’s energy budget
  • The greenhouse effect
  • Climate and climate zones
  • Natural and human causes of climate change

Track drifting buoys to gather ocean data and see how scientists use sophisticated computer-modeling systems to predict the effects of climate change.

Make connections to understand how Earth’s ocean and climate are interrelated.


Mission 1: Earth’s Ocean System — Beneath the Blue

Host Researcher:
Katy Croff Bell
Chief Scientist
Nautilus Exploration Program

Join oceanographer Dr. Katy Croff Bell on board the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus to explore Earth’s ocean from shoreline to deepest trench, and begin to investigate the effects the ocean and Earth’s climate have on each other.


Mission 2: Climate Connections — Drift and Flow

Host Researcher:
Diane Stanitski
Program Manager
NOAA Office of Climate Observation

Hop aboard the NOAA Research Vessel (R/V) Shearwater and work alongside climatologists Dr. Diane Stanitski and NOAA Commander John Adler to analyze data from drifting buoys, in order to better understand the role ocean currents play in Earth’s climate.


Mission 3: Climate Change — Models and Decisions

Host Researcher:
Jim Hack
Director, National Center for Computational Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Join climate scientist Dr. James Hack as he demonstrates how some of the world’s most advanced supercomputers are used to run climate models used to study the causes and potential long-term effects of climate change.

Student Edition (Print & Digital)

This 126-page, full-color magazine introduces students to the exciting topic of climate through the eyes of JASON Host Researchers and National Argonauts. The Student Edition provides the science background knowledge, labs, field investigations, and other tools to help students solve each expedition challenge.

Teacher Edition (Print & Digital)

This 164-page, two-color manual includes facsimile Student Edition pages, wrap-around teacher notes, lesson plans, extensions, blackline masters, and other resources.


45-minutes of videos introduce students to key science concepts through the work of JASON Host Researchers and National Argonauts. Video segments are seamlessly woven throughout the curriculum, offering a window into the exciting world of research and exploration.

Digital Labs and Games

Digital labs allow students to explore the work of Climate: Seas of Change through interactive online games. Digital labs cover topics from the curriculum such as volcanic eruptions, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), Earth systems, and energy transfer.

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