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Distribution of Solar Energy Influx in Time and Space
In this activity, students will explore how energy is distributed at the surface of the earth in both space and time. Using data sets collected from Black Rock Forest, an instrumented education and research forest near West Point, New York, they will investigate variations in hourly solar energy influx and daily average solar radiation. They will make observations from the data, interpret it, and then make predictions about what the same kind of data would look like at a higher latitude.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Environmental science
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
May be freely used for educational purposes provided appropriate credit is given.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-719
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Kim Kastens
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Publisher: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory