NBC Learn, Windows to the Universe
Note: you may need to scroll down the Changing Planet video page to get to this video.
Video length: 6:21 min.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
See how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 6 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
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- Note: you will need to scroll down the Changing Planet video page to get to this video.
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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 determined. 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 where they contribute 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; seek up-to-date data as needed.
- 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
- A companion lesson plan (along with the video embedded) is at Windows to the Universe: http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/changing_planet/sea_level_rising_intro.html
- This video can be part of a lesson or activity that explores issues of ocean circulation, the melting of continental ice sheets, and the impacts of sea level rise.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- A transcript accompanies the video.
- 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.
- Alternatively, a standalone version of the video can be found at https://science360.gov/obj/video/ff880d9c-7acd-4a08-b60e-7c784e5859a6/rising-sea-levels. This version does have a full screen option.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 6
MS-ESS2.C1:Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation and crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land.
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.C3:Global movements of water and its changes in form are propelled by sunlight and gravity.
MS-ESS2.C4:Variations in density due to variations in temperature and salinity drive a global pattern of interconnected ocean currents.
MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.
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.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3
HS-ESS2.C1:The abundance of liquid water on Earth’s surface and its unique combination of physical and chemical properties are central to the planet’s dynamics. These properties include water’s exceptional capacity to absorb, store, and release large amounts of energy, transmit sunlight, expand upon freezing, dissolve and transport materials, and lower the viscosities and melting points of rocks.
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-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.