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Climate Change: A simulation with commentary

Center for Global Environmental Research, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

This webpage contains two videos that show climate visualizations created by super computers. Both videos show climate changes that may occur during the 21st Century due to human activities based on IPCC science.

Video length: 18:01 min and 3:45 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change
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Observations, experiments, and theory are used to construct and refine computer models
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Climate change has consequences
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Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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The earth's climates have changed in the past, are currently changing, and are expected to change in the future, primarily due to changes in the amount of light reaching places on the earth and the composition of the atmosphere. The burning of fossil fuels in the last century has increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which has contributed to Earth's warming.
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Computer modeling explores the logical consequences of a set of instructions and a set of data. The instructions and data input of a computer model try to represent the real world so the computer can show what would actually happen. In this way, computers assist people in making decisions by simulating the consequences of different possible decisions.
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Teaching Tips

  • Teachers should provide additional background information. The teacher or a student could provide the commentary for the short video.

About the Science

  • These are detailed visualizations on changes of temperature that may occur on a global scale due to increased greenhouse gas concentrations.
  • Based on IPCC AR4 science and scenarios.
  • The long (18:10) video contains an English voice-over of a Japanese scientist who describes the Keeling curve, climate models, future scenarios of average global temperature and precipitation, change in soil moisture content, sea level rise, and reduction in sea ice.
  • Topics are paired with computer model visualizations.
  • The long video also includes the impacts of climate change and suggestions to curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The short (3:45) video contains a few descriptive bullets and the visualizations, but contains no commentary.
  • Comments from expert scientist:Highly relevant video demonstration of the environmental impacts of climate change on global scale, shown year-by-year from 1970 to 2100. Graphics are highly professional, content has strong scientific credentials from leaders in the field.
  • Variety of impacts are shown (temperature, soil moisture, precipitation, etc), which demonstrates that effects are 'climate change' and not restricted to 'global warming'.
  • Overall excellent rating in all aspects.

About the Pedagogy

  • Japanese scientist exposes students to cultural perspectives on the topic of climate change.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Easy-to-access, high-quality videos.

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