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Faces of Climate Change: Introduction

Darcy Dugan, NOAA Sea Grant, Alaska COSEE and other partners

This is the first of three short videos showcasing the dramatic changes in Alaska's marine ecosystems through interviews with scientists and Alaska Natives. This introduction to the impacts of climate change in Alaska includes interviews with Alaska Natives, commentary by scientists, and footage from Alaska's Arctic.

Video length: 5:55 min.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Climate is determined by the long-term pattern of temperature and precipitation averages and extremes at a location. Climate descriptions can refer to areas that are local, regional, or global in extent. Climate can be described for different time intervals, such as decades, years, seasons, months, or specific dates of the year.
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Climate is not the same thing as weather. Weather is the minute-by-minute variable condition of the atmosphere on a local scale. Climate is a conceptual description of an area’s average weather conditions and the extent to which those conditions vary over long time intervals.
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change. Animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses will migrate to new areas with favorable climate conditions. Infectious diseases and certain species will be able to invade areas that they did not previously inhabit.
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Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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The earth has a variety of climates, defined by average temperature, precipitation, humidity, air pressure, and wind, over time in a particular place.
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Teaching Tips

  • This video is best used in conjunction with: 1) Faces of Climate – Life on the Ice http://vimeo.com/19583516 2) Faces of Climate – Disappearing Ice http://vimeo.com/19583956
  • Some of the content is repeated in later videos, so educators may want to focus on the latter two videos since this one is more an introduction.

About the Science

  • This video provides a human dimension to changes being observed in the region over seasonal and longer term time scales. Rates of change in the Arctic vs. other places is well described.
  • Nice overview of weather vs. climate.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Video is intro to two subsequent Faces of Climate Change videos: Life on the Ice and Disappearing Sea Ice.
  • Good graphics and narration (Native Inuits are interviewed).

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • High-resolution video.

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