Interactive Models

Chlorophyll Concentration and Incoming Shortwave Radiation

Overview

Using interactive maps of chlorophyll concentration, students will identify patterns to describe the relationship between phytoplankton distribution and incoming shortwave radiation.

This interactive model is one of a three-part sequence of learning experiences related to Global Phytoplankton Distribution. To maximize optimal learning outcomes, it is suggested to complete the series in the following order:

  1. Global Phytoplankton Distribution Interactive Model
  2. Phytoplankton Distribution and Watersheds Interactive Model
  3. Chlorophyll Concentration and Incoming Shortwave Radiation Interactive Model (current page)

Teacher Note

 

Chlorophyll Concentration and Incoming Shortwave Radiation SISClick Here

Learning Objectives

  • Students will analyze and describe the distribution of phytoplankton over time and space. 
  • Students will identify patterns in chlorophyll concentration data to formulate their explanations of phytoplankton distribution. 
  • Students will identify patterns in chlorophyll concentration data to describe the relationship between phytoplankton distribution and incoming shortwave radiation. 

Essential Questions

  • How does the pattern in the data support the claim that phytoplankton is related to shortwave radiation (solar energy)?
  • What scientific reasoning helps explain the patterns in these data?
  • Knowing that these data were collected during a summer month, predict what differences you would expect to see in phytoplankton distribution during a winter month. 

Materials Required

Teacher Answer Key

Teachers who are interested in receiving the answer key, please contact My NASA Data from your school email address at larc-mynasadata@mail.nasa.gov

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