Air Pollution in the Pacific Northwest

Scholars investigate levels of nitrogen dioxide in the Pacific Northwest by examining the role of nitrogen in air pollution and how remote sensing can be used to measure nitrogen levels. An Excel spreadsheet calculates the difference between modeled and satellite (remote sensing) values for nitrogen levels.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class research air pollution in their local area (if not in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho)
Classroom Considerations

  • Each learner needs access to a computer with Microsoft Excel
  • It is helpful if pupils have experience with Microsoft Excel
  • Individuals should also know how to use scientific notation
Pros

  • Includes Excel file with separate step-by-step instructions for teachers
  • Provides definitions for relevant vocabulary
Cons

  • None
NGSS