Concentration at Mauna Loa


By: Mackenzie ,Kailey ,Krickett

List the independent data variable and the dependent variable from the graph.

Over the years people have taken temperatures at Mouna Loa, from 1960 to 2010. People also have taken carbon dioxide parts per million. 



The Middle Layer of the Troposphere

Scientist have discovered that the middle layer of the Troposphere is the Tropospause and measuring  CO2 there could tell us more about our climate change.

How is it possible for scientist measure CO2 Gas in the Atmosphere?

Scientist  have been recording the amount of carbon dioxide at the summit of Mouna Loa since 1958. They use satellites and other instruments to measure greenhouse gases!!  

What does " Parts Per Million" mean and what does "concentration" mean 

This is an abbreviation for "parts per million" and it also can be expressed as milligrams per liter (mg/L). This measurement is the mass of a chemical or contaminant per unit volume of water. And concentration means the action or power of focusing one's attention 

Does the CO2 change through out the year? 

Yes, it changes the way the scientist take in information because if it did not change then they would not need to take a lot of information 

Charles Kelling 

It was all Charles Kelling idea to take measurement at Mauna Loa and he did this because thinks people should know more about what goes on at Mauna Loa and our climate chnge. 

CO2 Problems

Near the top of Mauna Loa on the big island of Hawaii, show that carbon dioxide has been increasing  steadily from values around 317 part per million when Charles Keeling began measurements in 1958, and measurements near 400 ppm today.  

How does Mauna Loa Change the Climate?

The activity and pressure of Mauna Loa have a large impact on the climate of the island. Such as, wind blows from east to west cross the island, so the volcano blocks some of the winds from reaching the slopes.

Why is it important to study climate change

Climatic variability, including changes in the frequency of extreme events such as droughts, floods and storms, has always had a large impact on humans. The study of past climate change also helps us understand how human influence the earths climate systems.

Why does CO2 molecules trap heat?

Carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere is commonly referred to as the green house effect... some of the thermal radiations are absorbed and re-radiates by the atmosphere's co2 molecules back towards earth's surface providing an additional source of heat 

Our Websites 

Volcano Discovery 

Global Climate Change- the Vital Signs of the Planet 

National Geographic 

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