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Animation: Impact on the Arctic
http://www.damocles-eu.org/education/Animation_Impacts_on_the_Arctic_186.shtml

Norwegian Center for Science Education, DAMOCLES

This animation provides a clear set of graphics related to the consequences of climate change on the Arctic (e.g., sea ice, shipping routes, permafrost, tree line).

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Climate Literacy
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Scientific observations indicate that global climate has changed in the past, is changing now, and will change in the future. The magnitude and direction of this change is not the same at all locations on Earth.
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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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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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mate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives
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Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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The earth's climates have changed in the past, are currently changing, and are expected to change in the future, primarily due to changes in the amount of light reaching places on the earth and the composition of the atmosphere. The burning of fossil fuels in the last century has increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which has contributed to Earth's warming.
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Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • This resource can be used to introduce a discussion of the main consequences of global warming in the Arctic.

About the Science

  • While the learning object credits the researchers, it does not include the data or projection sources.

About the Pedagogy

  • The animation provides maps for sea ice, shipping routes, permafrost and tree line at several historic and projected time periods.
  • Commentary can help set the stage for deeper inquiry through related activities.
  • Good graphics and presentation.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Requires Flash. Very understandable and easy to use.
  • The source website will no longer be updated as of 2010
  • The design and maps of this learning object are exemplary. The images can be scaled for projection in a classroom.
  • This resource may be embedded in other websites using a Creative Commons License.

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