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Global Ice Viewer
http://climate.nasa.gov/GlobalIceViewer/index.cfm

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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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Melting of ice sheets and glaciers, combined with the thermal expansion of seawater as the oceans warm, is causing sea level to rise. Seawater is beginning to move onto low-lying land and to contaminate coastal fresh water sources and beginning to submerge coastal facilities and barrier islands. Sea-level rise increases the risk of damage to homes and buildings from storm surges such as those that accompany hurricanes.
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Climate plays an important role in the global distribution of freshwater resources. Changing precipitation patterns and temperature conditions will alter the distribution and availability of freshwater resources, reducing reliable access to water for many people and their crops. Winter snowpack and mountain glaciers that provide water for human use are declining as a result of global warming.
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Fresh water, limited in supply, is essential for some organisms and industrial processes. Water in rivers, lakes, and underground can be depleted or polluted, making it unavailable or unsuitable for life.
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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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