Graphing Ocean Motion

Data-Driven Activity
Image of Nautilus rising up over waves
Ocean Exploration Trust

Our mission to explore the ocean sends the ship and team into the open ocean to work in various sea conditions and wave heights. E/V Nautilus rocks and rolls out on the ocean’s waves. Explore this real data set from the ship’s sensors to plot the motion of pitch, roll, and heave.

These two videos can help support this lesson:

Beyond the Wow - The Wonderful World of Waves

Beyond the Wow - The Six Types of Ocean Motion

Disciplinary Core Ideas