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Changing Planet: Thawing Permafrost and Methane
http://www.nbclearn.com/changingplanet/cuecard/52627

NBC Learn, UCAR

This video examines the thawing of permafrost due to changes in climate and shows examples of the impacts that warming temperatures have on permafrost in the Arctic, including the release of the greenhouse gas methane. Dramatic results are shown, including sink holes forming on the landscape and beneath buildings, roads, and other infrastructure, causing some communities to relocate.

Video length: 6:47 min.

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Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
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Greenhouse effect
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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Human activities have increased GHG levels and altered global climate patterns
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Negative impacts of global warming outweigh positive
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Humans affect climate
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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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Climate change has consequences
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.
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7.6 Vulnerable populations.
Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.

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About the Science

  • The video reviews the impacts of warming temperatures on the thawing of permafrost in the Arctic with potential release of the greenhouse gas methane. In addition, thawing permafrost damages the infrastructure of communities and facilities at high latitudes.
  • Comments from expert scientist: A straightforward video that outlines main concepts and impacts on the Arctic. Lacks references.

About the Pedagogy

  • There is a lesson for grades 5-9 that accompanies the video.
  • This video is content-rich with excellent visuals.
  • Engaging video - things explode

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Quality of video itself is good. There is slight graininess when viewed at full-screen.
  • The video can be embedded.
  • Ads are very distracting on edges of page - may want to consider this when displaying it to the class.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/changing_planet/permafrost_methane_intro.html

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

MS-ESS2.C1:Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation and crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land.

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.


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