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Melting Ice Rising Seas


This NASA video presents animations, photos and footage of melting polar ice as a result of climate change, the resulting sea-level rise, and selected consequences of that rise. Excellent animations, interviews with scientists, and clear step-by-step explanations provide a solid introduction to one facet of sea level rise and its consequences.

Video length: 4.5 min

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Climate Literacy
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Environmental observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system. From the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the Sun, instruments on weather stations, buoys, satellites, and other platforms collect climate data. To learn about past climates, scientists use natural records, such as tree rings, ice cores, and sedimentary layers. Historical observations, such as native knowledge and personal journals, also document past climate change.
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Melting of ice sheets and glaciers, combined with the thermal expansion of seawater as the oceans warm, is causing sea level to rise. Seawater is beginning to move onto low-lying land and to contaminate coastal fresh water sources and beginning to submerge coastal facilities and barrier islands. Sea-level rise increases the risk of damage to homes and buildings from storm surges such as those that accompany hurricanes.
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Scientific investigations usually involve the collection of relevant data, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses and explanations to make sense of the collected data.
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Human beings are part of the earth's ecosystems. Human activities can, deliberately or inadvertently, alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Great visualizations accompany this video to aid educators wanting to cover the issue of sea level rise.
  • This video could be used as an opportunity to discuss possible misconceptions related to the difference between melting land ice, which directly impacts sea level, and sea ice, which doesn't directly add more water to the ocean but, when it is melted, changes the albedo in the region, thereby influencing sea level by absorbing rather than reflecting solar energy.

About the Science

  • This video provides strong visuals (animations, photos and video footage) about the melting of polar ice sheets, the resulting sea-level rise, and selected consequences of that rise that are occurring due to human impacts on the climate system,
  • The video briefly mentions thermal expansion of the ocean, which currently account for about half of the current sea level rise.

About the Pedagogy

  • The excellent animations, interviews with scientists, and clear step-by-step explanations provide a strong introduction into sea-level rise and its consequences.
  • The information is very basic and can be used as an introduction to an activity on sea level rise, such as this CLEAN selected activity: http://cleanet.org/resources/41832.html

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The technical quality is robust and could be shown on large screen format 1280 x 720
  • The video may take a long time to load, so it is recommended that the instructor downloads it prior to class if possible.

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