A Smog Patrol
Project ozone is an
environmental science research project in which you will monitor
ground-level ozone, and figure out ways to take action based on the
results of your research. There are four stages to the project, and
they are outlined below.
1. What do you know
about ground-level ozone? Visit the Project Ozone bulletin board and
write about what you have heard or know about ozone. You might also
post some questions that you have about ground level ozone. Go to the
2. What is the quality
of the air at this site? This a web-cam view of the Smoky
it smoky, smoggy or clear at this site today? How does it compare to
the view you get when you look out the nearest window from where you
are? Does a visual view help us know about air pollution? Go to the
Board and tell
us what you think?
3. Go to the
site or the AIRSdata
site at the EPA and check out the real-time data available for your
city, and find out what the current conditions are according to the
data at this site. Tell us what you found by posting a message on the
board. You might also want to investigate the pattern of ground-level
ozone in your community by exploring the Air-Now site and find the
data that will help you answer this inquiry: How has the quality of
the changed in my community over the past several years?
What is the ground-level
ozone in your community now? You are going to work with your
classmates to monitor the ozone near your school and home over the
next several days. You will use the Ecobadge monitoring badge (a
chemically sensitive strip that turns color in the presence of
ground-level ozone). You will also share the data you collected at
your research site and post it on a web site so that others
participating in the project can benefit from your work, and compare
their site to yours. Materials: Several Ecobadge
paper strips, a thermometer, a wind measuring device (optional), a
topographic map (so you can determine your latitude and longitude), a
notebook to record your data access to the Web. Procedures: Go
to the CLEO
web site. This is a site where you will find Project Ozone '99. You
will need to register (its free!) when you get to CLEO and join
Project Ozone '99. At the site Project Ozone '99 site you will find
procedures for doing your research and Table where you will enter the
data you collect on ozone.
What did you find out
about ground-level ozone in your community? What analysis can you
make given the data that you and others collected? Use CLEO to
investigate. You can use CLEO to draw graphs, and also in the
Analysis section of CLEO you can post messages. Go ahead and see if
you can analyze the data, and offer some explanation about the data.
Speculate on what you think causes ground-level ozone. Do you have
any data in CLEO that you can use to support your ideas. Write about
this on the Project Ozone Bulletin Board.
1. Air pollution affects
your health and the environment. What are some specific things that
can be done to reduce the threat to your health and the environment?
Go to the Air-Now
site or the
site again, and check out what the EPA has to say. Share your
findings on the Project
Ozone Bulletin Board.
2. Reflecting on your
research work. Take a moment and think back over the work you did in
Project Ozone. What did you really learn? Tell us about it on the
Ozone Bulletin Board.
Take the Ozone
Scavenger Hunt Challenge.
Visit these sites for
further research and information on air pollution and
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