Coral Reefs and Global Warming

A computer-based activity where students use authentic scientific data to investigate claims about the threats to the world's coral reefs.

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~ 1 hour
KS4

Preparation

Download the related cards, graphs, and maps for this activity.

Location

  • Indoors

Curriculum links

  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Geography

Step by step

This activity allows students to use authentic scientific data to make claims about the threat of coral bleaching for reefs around the world.

In this computer-based activity, students download, graph, and analyze authentic satellite temperature data for coral reef sites around the world. After observing global trends in the data, students evaluate the threat to coral reefs from heat stress, which has been occurring with increased intensity and frequency in recent years. The activity requires that students have access to computers with spreadsheet software. If computers are unavailable or students are unfamiliar with using spreadsheet software, students can be provided with handouts of prepared graphs for analysis and evaluation.