MS-ESS2-6: Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulation
Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on how patterns vary by latitude, altitude, and geographic land distribution. Emphasis of atmospheric circulation is on the sunlight-driven latitudinal banding, the Coriolis effect, and resulting prevailing winds; emphasis of ocean circulation is on the transfer of heat by the global ocean convection cycle, which is constrained by the Coriolis effect and the outlines of continents. Examples of models can be diagrams, maps and globes, or digital representations
Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include the dynamics of the Coriolis effect.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
Unequal heating (from the sun)
- Atmospheric (latitudinal banding, the Coriolis effect, prevailing winds)
- Oceanic currents (global ocean convection cycle)
Continents and landforms
Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. (Systems and System Models)
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