Aerosols in the Atmosphere

This visualization is an animation showing the distribution of black carbon and sulfate aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere from 01/31/2007 to 02/04/2007 and clearly shows larger amounts of aerosols and black carbon in the atmosphere above heavily populated areas.

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NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pacific Services Center

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educator could ask specific questions about black carbon and sulfate aerosols, and students could use this visualization to help answer questions.

Also related to aerosols specifically, check out the Europe Aerosols Campaign: [link http://www.globe.gov/web/europe-aerosols-campaign/overview] Students can look at and compare data sets from others around the world with their own.

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