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Author

NOAA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global

Trends in Atmospheric Nitrous Oxide

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Synopsis
  • How has the amount of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere changed over the past 20 years? This site allows you to interact with graphs and datasets to answer this question. 
  • Students will be able to see graphs depicting global average nitrous oxide amounts in the atmosphere and read text describing the data and how it was gathered. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The graphs are simple and easy to read.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers may want to provide some background about nitrous oxide's relationship to climate change.
  • Teachers should clarify the units mole fraction and parts per billion if students are unfamiliar.
  • If the technical reading is distracting, there are PDFs of the graphs and data that teachers can use instead.
  • The data is also downloadable in CSV files.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
Datasets have good quality. There is no contradiction in the resource. This resource is recommended.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
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