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Impact of sea level rise in Bangladesh
http://www.grida.no/graphicslib/detail/impact-of-sea-level-rise-in-bangladesh_e7fc

UNEP GRID Arendal

A simple three-part diagram from UNEP GRID Vital Water Graphics showing how global warming could impact coastlines and populated areas of Bangladesh with a 1 and 1.5 meter sea level rise relative to the current coastline.

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Middle School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts, 1 Science and Engineering Practice
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts

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Teaching Tips

  • This and related Vital Graphics from UNEP GRID can be used to promote discussion or role playing scenarios about the social, political, and environmental impacts of sea level rise.

About the Science

  • The general data sources are given as Dacca University and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with no specific references.
  • From the Second Edition (2008) Vital Water Graphics from UNEP, updating a 2002 edition.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The main strength of this graphic is this clarity. It is accurate in the sense that the elevation of land in Bangladesh is changing on a much longer time scale than the current rate of change in sea level.

About the Pedagogy

  • The dramatic projected change in the coastline of Bangladesh will promote questions about social equity issues, how poor countries cope with large scale disruption, and what responsibilities the industrial world has to countries that must bear this kind of climate change impact.
  • It can also be used to promote discussion about the science of sea level rise, terrain mapping, and social and political impacts of climate change.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Image is small on the page, even when enlarged, but jpg and eps versions are available for free download.

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Another version of this same graphic on its own page: http://www.grida.no/publications/vg/water2/page/3291.aspx. On this page you can click the image to enlarge it further.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Static Visualization supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 4

MS-ESS2.C2:The complex patterns of the changes and the movement of water in the atmosphere, determined by winds, landforms, and ocean temperatures and currents, are major determinants of local weather patterns.

MS-ESS2.C5:Water’s movements—both on the land and underground—cause weathering and erosion, which change the land’s surface features and create underground formations.

MS-ESS2.D3:The ocean exerts a major influence on weather and climate by absorbing energy from the sun, releasing it over time, and globally redistributing it through ocean currents.

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 3

Cause and effect

MS-C2.1:Relationships can be classified as causal or correlational, and correlation does not necessarily imply causation.

MS-C2.2:Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.

MS-C2.3:Phenomena may have more than one cause, and some cause and effect relationships in systems can only be described using probability.

Science and Engineering Practices: 1

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

MS-P4.2:Use graphical displays (e.g., maps, charts, graphs, and/or tables) of large data sets to identify temporal and spatial relationships.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 4

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.

HS-ESS2.E1:The many dynamic and delicate feedbacks between the biosphere and other Earth systems cause a continual co-evolution of Earth’s surface and the life that exists on it.

HS-ESS3.D1:Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 3

Cause and effect

HS-C2.1:Empirical evidence is required to differentiate between cause and correlation and make claims about specific causes and effects.

HS-C2.2:Cause and effect relationships can be suggested and predicted for complex natural and human designed systems by examining what is known about smaller scale mechanisms within the system.

HS-C2.4:Changes in systems may have various causes that may not have equal effects.


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