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Earth's Albedo and Global Warming
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ipy07.sci.ess.watcyc.albedo/earths-albedo-and-global-warming/

WGBH Educational Foundation, Teachers' Domain

This click-through animation visualizes the ice-albedo feedback, soot's effect on sea ice and glacier melt, and ice melt's effect on land and sea.

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The interconnectedness of Earth’s systems means that a significant change in any one component of the climate system can influence the equilibrium of the entire Earth system. Positive feedback loops can amplify these effects and trigger abrupt changes in the climate system. These complex interactions may result in climate change that is more rapid and on a larger scale than projected by current climate models.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Use in conjunction with other activities and discussion about how albedo is involved in climate change.

About the Science

  • Images and text are courtesy of NASA/USGS, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Scientific Visualization Studio, and National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The resource is a mixture of text and animated explanations/descriptions, which support each other nicely.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The user does not have to use this in a linear fashion but can click forward and backward to review information or skip over certain segments.

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

For updated data reference, visit the http://nsidc.org/ data center for up to date information. Click on Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis up to 2012.

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