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Adélie Penguins

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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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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