This article discusses the new observations of migrating creatures in the world's oceans made possible by the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) satellite.
The article reinforces the critical importance of the scientific method and the application of technology in order to understand how our planet is changing and how it could change in the future.
Students should be familiar with the terms predator, prey, migration, biomass, and phytoplankton.
This could be a great resource to add to any lesson discussing scientific innovations and technology, predator-prey interactions, the oceans, climate change, the carbon cycle, or food webs.
Students could discuss how scientists might use the data that CALIPSO collects and how it might relate to our understanding of climate change.
CALIPSO and satellite data collection is a new method in investigating animals that undergo Diel Vertical Migration (DVM). Great work by the NASA team. The resource is recommended.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
HS-LS2-5 Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
D3.2.9-12 Evaluate the credibility of a source by examining how experts value the source.