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Exploring Color Maps: Visualizing the Ozone Hole

Colored sea surface temperature maps from Exploring Color Maps: Visualizing the Ozone Hole

Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity, Poster
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 9-12
Publication Year: 2013
Product Number: NP-2013-3-014-GSFC
Subjects: Earth Science

Scientists use colors and other representations for data to help interpret and visualize information. In this activity, students create their own color map and discover that selecting a good color scale is essential to understanding data and to communicating science accurately.

After completing this activity, students should be able to do the following:

  • Describe why color maps are used to visualize data.
  • Interpret data using a color mapped image.
  • Compare and evaluate different color scales.

This lesson supports national education standards in science and geography. Downloadable student sheets and a poster are included.

This lesson is also available in Spanish.

Exploring Color Maps: Visualizing the Ozone Hole [1MB PDF file]
Explorando mapas de colores: Visualizando el agujero en la capa de ozono [1MB PDF file]
Ozone Hole Poster [2MB PDF file]

Page Last Updated: December 4th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild