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Global Ice Viewer

Laura Tenenbaum, Randal Jackson, NASA

With this simulation from the NASA Climate website, learners explore different examples of how ice is melting due to climate change in four places where large quantities of ice are found. The photo comparisons, graphs, animations, and especially the time lapse video clips of glaciers receding are astonishing and dramatic.

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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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Effects of climate change on water cycle and freshwater availability
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Allow students to investigate the various pieces of evidence in any order they see fit and hold a discussion afterwards.
  • Could be used to start a discussion of climate change impacts. Learners can assess for themselves the changes taking place in our world.
  • Could spark questions of how, why, and where data are collected.
  • Links to selected data sets are included on a 'Source' page.
  • Requires Adobe Flashplayer.

About the Science

  • Robust resource for images and animations of change in ice coverage on Earth over the scientific record.
  • Source data are referenced and all images are attributed.
  • Comment from expert scientist: The visuals presented are technically very good and show some interesting events in Greenland, the Arctic, and Antarctica.

About the Pedagogy

  • Learners can assess for themselves the changes taking place in our world.
  • Rich, easy-to-access resource.
  • A good variety of interesting interactives with a few embedded short videos.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Takes a short while to load, depending on internet connection. Once loaded, runs smoothly.
  • Very well organized with excellent graphics and illustrations.

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