OLD VERSION Exploring Primary Productivity with Data
Through these activities, we will explore primary productivity in greater detail. Primary productivity is the rate at which organisms store energy through the formation of organic matter (carbon-based compounds), using energy derived from solar radiation during photosynthesis or from chemical reactions during chemosynthesis.
Primary Productivity Activities
Invitation Concept Map of Primary Productivity
Develop a concept map of your current knowledge and experience with
Primary Productivity Exploration Data Activity
Conduct an open-ended exploration of primary productivity by looking at 3-wavelength fluorometer data from the Northern Pacific Ocean.
Chlorophyll Patterns in Temperate Oceans Concept Invention Data Activity
Investigate patterns in chlorophyll a concentrations, as proxy for phytoplankton biomass, over time in the northern temperate Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Chlorophyll Patterns in Polar Oceans Concept Invention Data Activity
Investigate patterns in chlorophyll a concentrations, as proxy for phytoplankton biomass, over time in the southern polar Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Comparing Regional Chlorophyll Patterns Application Data Activity
Explore chlorophyll a concentrations data over time and across different locations to investigate regional differences and similarities in productivity.
Reflection Concept Map of Primary Productivity
Develop/revise a concept map of your knowledge and experience with primary productivity after completing the unit.
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