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Grade Level: 6-8 , 9-12

Students solve math problems to compare the carbon dioxide generated by the airline industry, a large volcanic eruption, and burning oil. 

Grade Level: 3-5 , 6-8 , 9-12

Arctic sea ice is the cap of frozen seawater blanketing most of the Arctic Ocean and neighboring seas in wintertime. It follows seasonal patterns of thickening and melting. See how the quantity has changed from 1979 through 2018. 

Grade Level: 6-8 , 9-12

Explore using units in calculations with the Leaf Area Index (LAI). LAI is a ratio that describes the number of square meters of leaves per square meter of available land surface. Because of the units in the ratio, it is dimensionless

Grade Level: 6-8 , 9-12

The fires in Greece during the summer of 2007 devastated large tracks of forest and ground cover in this Mediterranean region. Students analyze these data to determine the scale, area, and percentage of the forest impacted by of these fires.

Grade Level: 9-12

Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is affected, among other things, by processes involving forests including fires, deforestation and plant respiration. Evaluate a Landsat image to determine the rate of carbon dioxide sequestration in a particular area.

    Grade Level: 6-8 , 9-12

    The Eyjabakkajökull Glacier is an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap in Iceland that has been retreating since a major surge occurred in 1973. Students analyze these maps to identify the scale, rate of change, and volume affected by the glacier retreat.

    Grade Level: 3-5 , 6-8 , 9-12

    Students will describe the changes in a newly-formed volcanic island over the first three years of its life.  

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    Grade Level: 3-5 , 6-8 , 9-12

    Scientific data are often represented by assigning ranges of numbers to specific colors. The colors are then used to make false color images which allow us to see patterns more easily.