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ERIC Number: EJ939786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Bio-Monitoring of Ozone by Young Students
Lorenzini, Giacomo; Nali, Cristina
Journal of Biological Education, v38 n4 p158-162 2004
An educational pilot project on the bio-monitoring of air quality was carried out in the Umbria Region of Central Italy. It involved about 1000 young students (ages 4 to 16) from 42 schools of 16 municipalities in active biomonitoring of tropospheric ozone with bio-indicator sensitive tobacco seedlings. Some 6500 raw biological readings were used and these were reinforced by data captured with two photometric analysers. Under guidance from teachers, the students had several opportunities to practise basic and applied study techniques; and they were introduced to the scientific method in a simple and absorbing manner. Though primarily an educational exercise, the survey had a research element and the picture of air pollution that emerged has increased the knowledge of the air quality situation in the region. Biological monitoring of air quality is a powerful tool to improve awareness and involvement in key topics of environmental education. In addition, it promotes the active participation of citizens in the assessment of the state of the environment. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy