Near-Ground Level Ozone Pollution

This lab exercise is designed to provide a basic understanding of a real-world scientific investigation. Learners are introduced to the concept of tropospheric ozone as an air pollutant due to human activities and burning of fossil fuel energy. The activity uses, analyzes, and visualizes data to investigate this air pollution and climate change problem, determines the season in which it commonly occurs, and communicates the analysis to others in a standard scientific format.

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Omowumi Alabi
University of Missouri-Kansas City
From the On the Cutting Edge activity collection
Activity takes one to two class periods plus homework assignments. Computer with Internet access necessary.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Handouts and links to resources are available and are relatively easy to use. The activity does require computer access and the final report requires word processing software.

MS Word download of the activity needs updating as it references 2005 data. In addition some of the steps for using http://www.airnow.gov have been redesigned in recent years.

Teachers will need to adapt the downloaded instructions for current year and your own location.

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