In this activity, students can use an interactive graph to examine the infrared (IR) spectrum of specific greenhouse gases.
Students can see how much IR radiation certain greenhouse gases absorb in our atmosphere based on their current concentrations.
Students are able to explore four different graphs and eight different greenhouse gases.
Students are able to differentiate how much IR radiation certain greenhouse gases are actually absorbing in our atmosphere.
Students must have their devices and an Internet connection to be able to access this activity.
Students must be familiar with the greenhouse gases, the greenhouse effect, IR absorption, and global warming potential (GWP).
Students and teachers can use the "Help" and "Display Options" menus at the top for additional information.
Students could discuss and analyze the table that includes the atmospheric residence time and GWP for the greenhouse gases to discuss how those values affect the ability of different gases to increase global warming.
Chemistry or physics teachers could invite students to interpret the graph's curve that is presented in the Black Body Curve option.