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- Video does not provide any background that connects global warming and glacial melt. It might be a good hook to serve as an introduction to a class period that covers this topic.
About the Science
- Overview of the observational evidence of ice melting in glaciers.
- Scientist is followed in his field area and part of his research methods are filmed.
- Video demonstrates use of scientific measurement procedures and the quantitative observational analysis of retreat of glaciers over last 100 years in Austrian Alps.
- Comments from expert scientist: It highlights that glacier melt in the Alps and other regions has a major impact on seasonal water supply. This is a very pressing point and while the impact of glacier melt on sea level rise is very important, the impact on water resources is even more urgent. Decent visuals. Describes two types of measurements the scientist is making.
About the Pedagogy
- Example of glacial melt comes from the Austrian Alps. Educator will have to make sure students understand that the problem is global and not local to Europe.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- National Geographic shows an advertisement at the beginning of the video. Educator can pause the video right after the advertisement to ensure that class only sees video or consider embedding the resource in a page without advertising.
- High-quality visuals; though the voice of scientist is fairly quiet in comparison to narrator. The full-screen video quality is grainy and may not be suitable for classroom projection.
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