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Climate Change and Citizen Science
http://www.usanpn.org/climate-change-video

Citizen Science Central, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This animation describes how citizen observations can document the impact of climate change on plants and animals. It introduces the topic of phenology and data collection, the impact of climate change on phenology, and how individuals can become citizen scientists.

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Climate Literacy
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Individual organisms survive within specific ranges of temperature, precipitation, humidity, and sunlight. Organisms exposed to climate conditions outside their normal range must adapt or migrate, or they will perish.
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Environmental observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system. From the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the Sun, instruments on weather stations, buoys, satellites, and other platforms collect climate data. To learn about past climates, scientists use natural records, such as tree rings, ice cores, and sedimentary layers. Historical observations, such as native knowledge and personal journals, also document past climate change.
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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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Scientific investigations usually involve the collection of relevant data, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses and explanations to make sense of the collected data.
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The world contains a wide diversity of physical conditions, which creates a wide variety of environments: freshwater, marine, forest, desert, grassland, mountain, and others. In any particular environment, the growth and survival of organisms depend on the physical conditions
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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 is a good entry point to a unit on phenology.
  • This animation can be used to stimulate participation in student projects in climate change and phenology, to get students collecting data at school or community.
  • Students can be engaged in citizen science projects like "Project Budburst" http://neoninc.org/budburst/.
  • There are two slightly different versions of this slide show - for eastern US and western US - with different examples. See http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/climatechange/c3-sciencentral-videos for both.

About the Science

  • Produced by Citizen Science Central, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; it is also on the website of the National Phenology Network.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • By giving examples of citizen science with a focus on seasonal changes observed in plants and animals, this slide show will encourage students and other citizens to develop and share their own quality data sets.
  • This is a great opportunity to introduce the concept of Citizen Science to students.
  • The National Phenology Network website has training videos and resource materials on how to become a citizen scientist and gather and contribute data to their database.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent technical quality.
  • The slide show can be expanded for projection in a classroom.

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