University of Florida, National Science Foundation
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- Appropriate for environmental science biology or Earth science courses, grades 6 - 14.
- Supporting materials more appropriate for upper high school and undergrad students.
- The pieces provide rich materials for an in-depth unit of curriculum on carbon balance, which may include the Nature paper.
- Illustrations can be made larger and downloaded or used as handouts.
- Younger students could be encouraged to create a concept map illustrating the mechanisms, inputs, and outputs of this carbon cycle and how it contributes to climate change naturally.
About the Science
- A review of Arctic ecologist Ted Schuur's research using radiocarbon dating to track current metabolism of old carbon in an area where permafrost thaw is increasing.
- Comments from expert scientist: The study is based on the direct measurements of carbon using instruments and thus provides direct evidence of terrestrial carbon release following permafrost thaw.
About the Pedagogy
- Accompanying the slideshow are two video clips and a wonderful background article along with two visual illustrations depicting the carbon cycle and changes in the carbon balance over time. All provide ample scaffolding.
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