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Faces of Climate Change: Life on the Ice
http://vimeo.com/19583516

Darcy Dugan, Alaska Sea Grant Program, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, COSEE Alaska, and the Alaska Ocean Observing System

This video is the second of three short videos showcasing the dramatic changes in Alaska's marine ecosystems. The video highlights the marine mammals and birds and how they depend on Arctic sea ice, as well as questions about how these animals will cope in the face of climate change.

Video length: 7:33 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Individual organisms survive within specific ranges of temperature, precipitation, humidity, and sunlight. Organisms exposed to climate conditions outside their normal range must adapt or migrate, or they will perish.
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e on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate
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Environmental observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system. From the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the Sun, instruments on weather stations, buoys, satellites, and other platforms collect climate data. To learn about past climates, scientists use natural records, such as tree rings, ice cores, and sedimentary layers. Historical observations, such as native knowledge and personal journals, also document past climate change.
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change. Animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses will migrate to new areas with favorable climate conditions. Infectious diseases and certain species will be able to invade areas that they did not previously inhabit.
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mate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives
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Scientific investigations usually involve the collection of relevant data, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses and explanations to make sense of the collected data.
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The world contains a wide diversity of physical conditions, which creates a wide variety of environments: freshwater, marine, forest, desert, grassland, mountain, and others. In any particular environment, the growth and survival of organisms depend on the physical conditions
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Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species.
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Teaching Tips

  • Use in Biology, Earth Science, and Environment courses when discussing the impacts of climate change on the Arctic and its ecosystems.
  • This video is best used in conjunction with related videos: 1) Faces of Climate - Introduction http://vimeo.com/19581877 and 2) Faces of Climate – Disappearing Ice http://vimeo.com/19583956.

About the Science

  • This video describes the importance of pack ice to Spectacled Eiders, Walruses, and Ringed Seal.
  • Good, clear examples of the impact of increasing temperatures on different animal species.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • This video would be a good introduction to the ecological consequences of climate change and the relationship of the Inuit people to that ecology.
  • This is the second of three videos that could be used together to teach about the changes in the Arctic: http://vimeo.com/tag:facesofclimatechange

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent-quality video and good-quality audio.
  • Easy to use.
  • May be embedded.

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