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Author

The Nature Conservancy

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global

Mapping Ocean Wealth Explorer

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Synopsis
  • This is an interactive map resource that breaks down complicated concepts about the ocean into an easy-to-understand visual resource. 
  • This is a resource that shows the monetary value of ecotourism in mangroves and reef ecosystems, the flood protection benefits they provide, the carbon they store, the impacts of overfishing to these ecosystems, and restoration opportunities available. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource lends itself to multiple levels of analysis and detail.
  • It has a great section about habitat restoration, which allows students to see how these areas can be impacted by positive intervention.
  • It also shows that environmental protection and making money do not have to be at odds with each other, and that there are win-win solutions.  

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be comfortable reading maps and have a basic understanding of what mangroves and coral reefs are. 
  • Students should know the basics of the carbon cycle.
  • There is a link to the Oceanwealth website, which explains the map in more detail.  

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
This map explores marine resources, tourism, and recreational opportunities from the world's oceans. It also provides detailed analysis on the current level of marine resources depletion and ways to build resilience and conserve the ecosystems. This is recommended for students to explore.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS.ESS3.3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among the management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
      • HS.ESS3.6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity (i.e., climate change).
  • Social Sciences
    • Economics: Microeconomics/Decision-Making (9-12)
      • HS.13 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
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