Why is Carbon an Important Element?

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Students explore the carbon cycle and the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and temperature. Students create and compare graphs of carbon dioxide and temperature data from one local (Mauna Loa, Hawaii) meteorological station and one NASA global data set. These graphs, as well as a global vegetation map and an atmospheric wind circulation patterns diagram, are used as evidence to support the scientific claims they develop through their analysis and interpretation.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Greenhouse effect, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Climate Change:Greenhouse effect, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Global energy balance, Climate sensitivity and feedbacks, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Atmospheric structure and composition
Resource Type: Activities
Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Weather, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science