Modern CO2

In this activity, students compare carbon dioxide (CO2) data from Mauna Loa Observatory, Barrow (Alaska), and the South Pole over the past 40 years to help them better understand what controls atmospheric carbon dioxide. This activity makes extensive use of Excel.

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Robert McCay
Clark College
Starting Point Collection, SERC
This activity takes about 3 hours.

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The links to all three stations are currently broken and the animation required to do Task 2 is not currently available, but additional and more current data are available at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory website: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/dv/data/index.php.

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