Time History of Atmospheric CO2

This animated visualization represents a time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide in parts per million (ppm) from 1979 to 2016, and then back in time to 800,000 years before the present.

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NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
Carbon Tracker Program

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

There are multiple data sets represented in the visualization and thus it will need explanation by the teacher.

This visualization would best be shown to an entire class with narration by the teacher as opposed to students looking at the visualization by themselves. College-level students would not need as much support.