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

The common misconception that ozone and/or the ozone hole are primary causes of climate change is NOT addressed clearly in this activity, but some research suggests focusing on misconceptions may introduce or reinforce them. The educator will need to decide whether to focus on them or not.

Ideally student groups research cities of different size and industry so that the class can learn from the distribution of results.

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