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Climate Change and the Global Ocean

Jennifer A. Shoemaker, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Video presents a broad overview of what (NASA) satellites can tell us about how climate change is affecting oceans.

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Climate Literacy
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Biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases / Carbon cycle
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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Our understanding of climate
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Global warming is "very likely" caused by human greenhouse gas emission
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Humans affect climate
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • May be useful when discussing the types of data and technology used to understand climate change and oceanographic response to that change.
  • For students to understand images of Earth seen by different satellites, educator may want to pause video and explain what they are seeing.

About the Science

  • Earth-based scientific research is augmented by the NASA Earth Observing satellite system that gathers data about ocean surface temperature, surface winds, sea level, circulation, and even marine life.
  • Information the satellites obtain help us understand the complex interactions driving the world's oceans today - and gain valuable insight into how the impacts of climate change on oceans might affect us on dry land.
  • Emphasis is on the importance of satellites and downplays the importance of surface-based research.

About the Pedagogy

  • Full transcript of narration is available.
  • Video shows satellites looking down at images of Earth but doesn't explain what the images show (infrared images, ocean circulation images, etc.)

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Variety of formats and resolution options available to maximize quality.
  • Downloads are slow.

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