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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. 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
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Definition of climate and climatic regions
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Climate is not the same thing as weather – defining difference
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change
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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.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Humanizes climate change; tells a story to a certain extent. Good overview of "life on the ice."

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 Alaskans are interviewed).

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • High-resolution video.

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