Chlorophyll Concentration and Incoming Shortwave Radiation
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:
- Global Phytoplankton Distribution Interactive Model
- Phytoplankton Distribution and Watersheds Interactive Model
- Chlorophyll Concentration and Incoming Shortwave Radiation Interactive Model (current page)
- 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.
- 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.
- Internet Access
- Link to Chlorophyll Concentration and Incoming Shortwave Radiation Interactive Model
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Supported NGSS Performance Expectations
- 4-ESS2-2: Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
- 5-ESS2-1: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
- MS-LS2-3: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
- HS-ESS2-6: Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.