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State of the Climate 2009
http://www.climate.gov/news-features/videos/state-climate-2009

StormCenter Communications, NOAA, NOAA

This short video clip summarizes NOAA's annual State of the Climate Report for 2009. It presents a comprehensive summary of Earth’s climate in 2009 and establishes the last decade as the warmest on record. Reduced extent of Arctic sea ice, glacier volume, and snow cover reflect the effects of rising global temperature.

Video length: 1:54 min.

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Teaching Tips

  • Might be a good short summary/video introduction to what scientists observed in 2009 as predictions of climate in the coming decade. NOAA has just released its report for 2011, which could be used in conjunction with this video
  • Replace with 2011 report video when available.
  • Could use as a quick introduction to climate change in middle school.

About the Science

  • The report the video describes presents a very general summary of Earth's climate in 2009 and establishes the last decade as the warmest on record.
  • Discusses how reduced extent of Arctic sea ice, glacier volume, and snow cover reflect the effects of rising global temperature.
  • Report is dated. There is a 2011 report available via a link.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The video talks about the document published by NOAA reporting the state of the climate in 2009. It explains in a simple way some important conclusions that scientists obtained analyzing the climate conditions of the last decades. The video was built on a solid scientific basis and is a reliable source of information.

About the Pedagogy

  • Transcript is provided. There are links to the full and more recent reports.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Download or view online
  • High-quality resolution

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