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How do we identify ocean currents with the best potential for producing energy?

Global Winds Currents

Students will learn about the surface currents and how to identify the best locations for utilizing the currents for energy production

Learning Objectives:
After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe the factors that cause the surface currents to flow around the major ocean basins.

  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of the boundary currents that comprise each gyre.

  • Explain why the western boundary currents are intensified compared to the other boundary currents in the gyre.

  • Describe the advantages of using the Florida Current or the Gulf Steam for electrical power production.

Total Estimated Time for this lesson: ~6 class sessions

 Last Modified 11/8/16