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Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Analyzing the Antarctic Ozone Hole
Users download and analyze satellite images showing the amount of ozone in the stratosphere. They interpret the images to identify the ozone "hole" that develops over Antarctica each summer, and compare its size from year to year. Using freely available image analysis software, ImageJ, users quantify the area of the Antarctic ozone hole each October from 1996 to 2004. Finally, they bring their measurements into a spreadsheet program and create a graph to document changes in the size of the ozone hole.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Tools:
    • Software
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental science
  • Mathematics
Technical requirements:
ImageJ
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-EET-000-000-000-021
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Personal and community health
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How physical systems affect human systems
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Kristina Piccirilli
Lesley University

Author: LuAnn Dahlman
TERC - Center for Earth and Space Science Education