American Museum of Natural History
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Teaching tips are included in a PDF file: http://www.amnh.org/content/download/41762/606581/file/classroom_eco_ofclimate.pdf
- The science findings described in the film, particularly the release of large amount of carbon into the atmosphere as permafrost thaws, may be overwhelming to some learners, and as with many aspects of global change, educators should consider how to help students process the information.
- Prior knowledge of the carbon cycle, photosynthesis, and respiration would be beneficial to viewers.
- Simplified climate models, such as this one from Windows to the Universe, may complement the video and related discussion: http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/cli_model.html
About the Science
- Video examines research being conducted on the climate change in the boreal forests, its permafrost, carbon sinks and feedbacks.
- Examines the impact of wildfires on boreal forests and the resulting shift from coniferous forests to deciduous forests, the latter acting as a larger carbon sink with increased biomass production and increased albedo.
- Video notes the need to couple this emerging knowledge, such as knowledge about permafrost thaw, into climate models.
- Comments from expert scientist: This is a beautifully made movie. However, the information is passed on very quickly. This movie has beautiful footage and is very good in showing the methods of measuring aspects important for future climate change.
About the Pedagogy
- There is an essay that accompanies the video. In addition, there is a section for educators that outlines strategies for using the Science Bulletin videos at the American Museum of Natural History website.
- This video might be best suited for college undergraduates or AP environmental science in high school.
- There are a variety of data collection methods shown.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Great attention to detail.
- Shows scientists in the field and in vignettes explaining the science.
- Good embedded graphic visualization of coniferous boreal forests changing to deciduous forests.
- The Ecology of Climate Change can be viewed in low, medium, or high resolution.
- Auditory impaired text scroll on bottom during video helps to track storyline.
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