How is Coastal Temperature Influenced by the Great Lakes and the Ocean?

The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate. Use a combination of laboratory investigation, map study, and graphing to learn how large bodies of water can serve as a heat source or sink at different times and how proximity to water moderates climate along the coast.

Objectives:

  • describe how soil and water differ in their ability to absorb and release heat energy and
  • describe how this difference in heat absorbed or released affects the atmosphere immediately above the land and the water

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