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Arctic Climate Perspectives
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/echo07.sci.life.coast.climate/

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program and WGBH

This video, along with a background essay, focuses on impacts of climate change on the lives of Native Alaskans around Barrow, Alaska. Specific changes include the timing of the changes in the formation and breakout of sea ice and the impacts on subsistence living.

Video length: 4:33 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Reducing human vulnerability to the impacts of climate change depends not only upon our ability to understand climate science, but also upon our ability to integrate that knowledge into human society. Decisions that involve Earth’s climate must be made with an understanding of the complex inter-connections among the physical and biological components of the Earth system as well as the consequences of such decisions on social, economic, and cultural systems.
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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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mate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives
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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

  • The video can be embedded in a variety of curriculum units.

About the Science

  • This includes an interesting synthesis of scientific and native understanding of the changes in the Arctic.
  • The timing of the changes mentioned in the video is stated as of 2007. The timing of the seasonal patterns, such as the seasonal melting and refreezing of sea ice in the Arctic, continue to change in the Arctic.
  • See updated sea ice data and information here: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/
  • Comments from expert scientist: This is a very short video clip about the effects of Arctic Climate Change as observed by the Iñupiaq people living in Barrow, Alaska. It is a good introduction into the topic of how climate change may and already does affect humans. The resource would benefit from quantitative data of sea temperatures or sea-ice changes.

About the Pedagogy

  • The background essay and discussion questions allow for the enrichment and assessment of student understanding.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video is easy to watch online or downloaded.

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