Lesson 3 – Defining the Problem: Ocean Acidification

Course:  Life Science, Integrated Science, STEM, BioChem, Marine Science

Unit:  Ocean Acidification, Ecology, Biogeochemical Cycling


See Standards Addressed for all NGSS, WA State (Science, Math and Literacy), and NOAA Ocean Literacy Education Standards Connections.  In addition to the aligned objectives linked above, for this lesson, here is a breakdown of:

What Students Learn:

  • Ocean Acidification is a global situation with many components, including stakeholders, with many interactions.  
  • Systems thinking can be used to evaluate complex situations such as ocean acidification.
  • Situations that require systems studies often have many parts with many interactions, emergent properties, and reverberating effects.
  • Ecosystems are dynamic, responsive, and often marked by many processes being in equilibrium.  Scientific research helps us predict how ecosystems will respond to changes within its subsystems.  

What Students Do:

  • Students begin considering the global impact of CO2 on ecosystems and identify possible stakeholders.    
  • Students discuss how systems thinking might be used to study and understand the Earth's changing carbon cycle.      








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