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Faces of Climate Change: Life on the Ice

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's role in habitats ranges and adaptation of species to climate changes
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Life affects climate; climate affects life
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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change
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Climate change has consequences
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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.
  • Comments from expert scientist: It portrays a critical habitat, its life cycle, and organisms. Includes information and content about the working scientists and the future effects of climate change.

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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