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1126 Words May 8th, 2014 5 Pages
Name: Amanda Wilson and James Ramming
AHS APES Atmospheric Gases & Climate Change Lab!

Part 1- Exploring how gaseous atmospheric molecules behave under varying light conditions.

First- let’s explore what makes a greenhouse gas a greenhouse gas. Please go to this website and click the “Run Now” button to open the simulation.

As you run through the simulation, record your results in the following data table:

Microwave Light
Infrared Light
Visible Light
Ultraviolet
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
8/20 rotating
15/20 stretching
0/20
0/20
Nitrogen (N2)
0/20
0/20
0/20
0/20
Oxygen (O2)
0/20
0/20
0/20
0/20
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
0/20
8/20 “dancing”
0/20
0/20
Water (H2O)
10/20 spining
8/20 “dancing”
0/20
0/20
If only one half of the flora in the world existed in 2100 (perhaps due to deforestation), what do you predict the atmospheric carbon level would be? I think the atmospheric carbon levels would be higher because there would be less tress to absorb the carbon from the air. How would you change the simulation to reflect this? I would raise the rate of deforestation to 2 GT.

If applicable, change any variables, record them below, run the simulation, and record your results in the following data table:

Lesson 1:
Step 1

Gaseous Carbon
Ocean Water
Ocean Water
Fossil Fuels
Fossil Fuels
Biosphere Gaseous Carbon
Biosphere Gaseous Carbon
To Year
Atmosphere
Ocean Surface
Deep Ocean
Oil and Gas
Coal
Soil
Terrestrial Plants
2000
700
1000
+0
3800
+0
500
2000
1800
+200
700
2050
881
1000
+79
3800
+208
168
1818
1800
+217
729
2100
1408
1000
+199
3800
+732
0
676
1800
+276
807

What is the relationship between increased carbon in the ocean and increased carbon in the soil? Soil started off with a higher level of carbon increasing, but the ocean’s level of