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Adélie Penguins
http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/adeliepenguins/

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

A short video that discusses how changing climate is affecting the population of Adélie penguins.

Video length: 2:17 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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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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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

  • Focus on salient point about how the western Antarctic peninsula has increased in temp by 11 degrees F, which is greater than global averages.
  • Also see the Palmer Station Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) website: http://pal.lternet.edu/.
  • Could extend the video topic by having students investigate more up-to-date information on the status of the Adélie Penguins.

About the Science

  • Video addresses how warming temperatures and resulting decrease in sea ice is changing Adélie habitats, reducing their food supply of krill and increasing competition with Chin Strap and Gentoo penguins, which are more suited to this changing habitat.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This a great, simple, and likeable video to demonstrate the effects of climate change on penguins. The video was a good length, addressed the problem, data to show that there is climate change and effects on the Adelie's population, competition from other species, and what steps are being taken to monitor the situation.

About the Pedagogy

  • Written script of narration is provided below the video screen as well as subtitled on the video image.
  • Images are engaging and narration is easy to follow.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent graphics and story.

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