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Investigating Primary Productivity

By Heather Olins

Boston College

In this 3-part investigation, students discuss, make predictions, and work with data about global scale net primary productivity.

Listed in Teaching Materials | resource by group SimBio FMN (2019)

Version 1.0 - published on 03 Jun 2019 doi:10.25334/Q42X7X - cite this

Licensed under CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International according to these terms


This 3-part case study walks students through investigations of global primary productivity aimed at answering the following questions. 

1.    How does primary productivity vary seasonally on land and in the ocean?
2.    Where does most terrestrial primary productivity occur?
3.    How is photosynthetic primary productivity in the ocean different from photosynthetic primary productivity on land?


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