Learn how the ocean relates to weather and climate in this video from NASA. Uneven heating from the Sun drives ocean and atmospheric circulation. Animations and satellite data show how ocean currents and eddies distribute energy and nutrients around the world. Heat exchanges between the ocean and the atmosphere influence weather and climate, such as shifts in rainfall and the moderate climate of Europe. Variations in ocean temperatures, such as El Niño and La Niña, have global impacts.
To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this video, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.