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Changing Planet: Rising Sea Level

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This video discusses the social and economic impacts (worldwide and in the US) of sea level rise caused by global warming (aired April 1, 2011).

Video length: 6:21 min.

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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
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Teaching Tips

  • The video can be enlarged to eliminate visual impact of the text and images surrounding the video.

About the Science

  • The video documents impacts of thermal expansion and melting of ice sheets and glaciers on coastal communities
  • The video also shows the ways that sea level rise is documented. These include the use of sediment core data and satellite data to document rate of sea level rise in the past.
  • The video also describes a laboratory model that examines how warming ocean currents reach Antarctica to contributing to the melting of ice sheets.
  • References to projected sea level rise in the coming decades is a highly dynamic field. Estimates change as research progresses and teachers need to be aware of this.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Includes interviews with two leading scientists in the field and provides visuals of the sources of the data (sediment cores, satellite measurements, physical models, computer models).

About the Pedagogy

  • This video can be embedded in a lesson or activity that explores issues of ocean circulation, the melting of continental ice sheets, and how they impact sea level rise.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • A transcript accompanies the video facilitating an alternative method of accessing the information provided.
  • While a "full screen" button is not provided, it is possible to enlarge the image. The resolution is sufficient to make the image essentially full screen.

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