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Validation of Stratospheric Ozone DLESE Reviewed Collection
Over the past several decades, the levels of ozone in the atmosphere have received a lot of media and government attention. Major focus has centered on the hole or area of depletion of the ozone layer over the Arctic and Antarctic poles in winter months, which has been found to be due to human emissions of chlorofluorocarbons. This lesson uses SAGE III satellite data and ozonesonde data captured over Thule, Greenland on October 26, 2002. Of major importance is how well the satellite compares to the ozonesonde data. The graph, accessed via the links section, shows how SAGE III corresponds to the ozonesonde data. For this lesson, only data from the stratosphere (above 20 km) are used. The lesson provides an example case study of a validation of NASA satellite data with atmospheric sounding observations of atmospheric ozone levels using either graphing calculators or Microsoft Excel.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Mathematics
Technical requirements:
Excel spreadsheet
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: MYND-000-000-000-102
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Geochemical cycles
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Lin Chambers