The ocean is the foundation of all life on Earth, and our planet ecosystems are dependent on the health of the oceans to support and sustain them. However, our actions and way of life are having a lasting impact upon the oceans.


This interdisciplinary resource is developed by SatSchool using current research and development from global scientific communities. The module is structured by key ideas and includes prompts or questions and activities throughout the document, to encourage active engagement with these ideas.

This module explores ocean pollution, climate change and surveying the oceans from Space on a global scale. The packs cover why the ocean is important, factors which threaten its health, the ecosystems within, climate patterns, economic trade across the oceans and what the challenges we face are across these interconnected topics.


This module is important: it aims to address some of the pressing issues and questions facing real scientists today. Learners are encouraged to actively consider what these are, and how they could contribute to the ongoing research around this topic.


In order to help these questions be addressed adequately, the Oceans module appears in different subsections.

The resource makes accessible complex ideas and science around the oceans. This resource can be adapted for learners aged 10-14.

This resource is an adaptation of one of six SatSchool Earth Observation Educational Modules. View or download the OER collection here! 


Learning outcomes 

SCN 3-01a I can sample and identify living things from different habitats to compare their biodiversity and can suggest reasons for their distribution. 

SCN 3-05b I can explain some of the processes which contribute to climate change and discuss the possible impact of atmospheric change on the survival of living things. 

SCN 4-05b Through exploring the carbon cycle, I can describe the processes involved in maintaining the balance of gases in the air, considering causes and implications of changes in the balance.  

SCN 4-06a By researching developments used to observe or explore space, I can illustrate how our knowledge of the universe has evolved over time.  

SCN 4-20a I have researched new developments in science and can explain how their current or future applications might impact on modern life. 

SCN 4-20b Having selected scientific themes of topical interest, I can critically analyse the issues, and use relevant information to develop an informed argument. 

SOC 3-08a: I can identify the possible consequences of an environmental issue and make informed suggestions about ways to manage the impact.  

SOC 4-09b: I can assess the impact of developments in transport infrastructure in a selected area and can contribute to a discussion on the development of sustainable systems.  

SOC 4-11a: Having researched the globalisation of trade, I can explain the interdependence of different parts of the world and assess the impacts for providers, consumers and the environment.  

SOC 4-12b: I can carry out a geographical enquiry to assess the impact and possible outcomes of climate change on a selected region and can propose strategies to slow or reverse the impact.  


Header image:  
Algae bloom near the Faulkland Islands by NOAA is used in accordance with NOAA’s image licensing and usage guidelines. 


Oceans Logo is designed by Calum Hoad.