Are Humans Influencing Modern Climate?

In this short video, host Dr. Ryan interviews graduate student Amy Steiker at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research about her research, using isotopes of nitrous oxide, connecting human activity to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ryan Vachon
University of Colorado Outreach

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This would be a great resource to use in the classroom as an introduction or review for a unit on greenhouse gases, isotopes, or the nitrogen cycle. The terminology is high school level, and students would need to have already been introduced to it or investigate further.

Educators could find data on nitrous oxide levels across the globe and have students draw conclusions about distributions and sources of nitrous oxide.