Greenhouse Gas Molecules
George Lisensky, Beloit College
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About the Science
- While the basic information about the molecules is important to have in one place, the real value of this resource is the visualization of the atmospheric concentrations of most greenhouse gases over several decades, from several sampling sites. These different charts are presented as individual frames in QuickTime movies, making it easy to move among the different graphs.
- Comment from expert scientist: Good visualization of greenhouse gas molecules. Good illustration of time series of molecule concentrations in atmosphere, including variability among different locations on Earth.
About the Pedagogy
- Because of the interactive nature of the molecular structures (using the interactive web browser applet, Jmol) and movie frames of atmospheric concentrations, students should be stimulated to ask a lot of questions with a little prompting.
- Educators will have to provide background for this resource. Unfortunately, there is no teacher's guide provided.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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Technical Details/Ease of Use
- While this webpage is a little dated in appearance, all parts are quite functional and useful.