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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


Global Atmospheric Methane Concentration

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  • This interactive chart allows students to explore the global atmospheric concentration of methane over time.
  • The chart can be customized to show a specific date range (starting in 1750) and can be downloaded.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is easy to use and uses data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a line graph.


Scientist Notes

This resource presents a time series data on average atmospheric concentration of CH4. Datasets acquired from NOAA are accurate and the resource is recommended for teaching. 


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • Mathematics
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • HSS.IC.B.6(+) Evaluate reports based on data (e.g., interrogate study design, data sources, randomization, the way the data are analyzed and displayed, inferences drawn and methods used; identify and explain misleading uses of data; recognize when arguments based on data are flawed).
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