The Shore Thing project provides students with the opportunity to take part in 'real science'.
Our seas are changing! The temperature of the coastal waters around Britain has already risen in the 20th Century and scientists predict that the average seawater temperature could rise a further 2°C by the 2050's. This, along with a rise in air temperature, will have an impact on our rocky shore species; southern species will flourish further north and northern species could disappear from our shores.
With support from the Project Officer and an ecologist, groups of A level/Higher students around the UK are surveying their local rocky shore, recording the distribution and abundance of 22 climate change indicators. This information will help scientists to monitor environmental change.
In addition to the fieldwork, the Shore Thing can be used to teach rocky shore ecology, climate change and marine conservation for GCE Science, Geography and ICT. The Shore Thing Teachers' Pack and PowerPoint Presentations provide educators with activities, worksheets and support material all of which are linked to the exam specifications.