Find evidence to answer questions and test claims about Earth’s atmospheric layers, the stratospheric ozone hole, atmospheric carbon dioxide and other pollutants that affect Earth’s climate and air quality.
Investigate relationships in vertical layers in Earth’s atmosphere.
Explore geographic and demographic patterns in air quality.
Describe and mathematically model trends in air pollutants through time.
Find evidence to support claims about relationships between pollutants and the ozone hole.
Alignment to Next Generation Science Standards:
MS-ESS3-5: Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
MS-ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing human impact on the environment
MS-ESS3-4: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
HS-ESS3-1: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
HS-ESS3-5: Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
HS-ESS3-6: Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.