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7.3 Environmental quality.
Energy affects quality of life .
2.1 Changes in energy flow over time.
2.7 Effects of changes in Earth's energy system .
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .
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- It is crucial to emphasize that these changes depicted on this site may or may not be due to or attributable to human activities and climate change.
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About the Science
- Images include changes related to climate change directly (e.g. glaciers melting) and indirectly (e.g. pine bark beetle infestations), as well as consequences of energy development/use (e.g. Chernobyl 2011 and damming the Nile for hydroelectricity).
- It must be emphasized that images of global change are not always due to or attributable to human induced climate change.
- For example, Sea Saw images of Caspian Sea from week of June 30, 2011 show changes that are due to human activities-- specifically irrigation diversions of streams into the Caspian Sea for growing cotton-- but not directly related to climate change (although the changes did impact human health and altered weather patterns in the region).
- Comments from expert scientist: The striking visual imagery effectively communicates earth surface changes. The changes themselves are compelling. Imagery from different instruments and missions is being (at least visually) set to a similar reflectance scale, in order to allow for visual decadal comparisons.
About the Pedagogy
- These images can help show dramatic, fairly large-scale changes over relatively short time scales, but it is important for viewers not to jump to conclusions about the cause or attribution of the change.
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