Jump to this Video »
A Tour of the Cryosphere 2009

NASAexplorer, NASA

This video shows some of the most dramatic fluctuations to our cryosphere in recent years, using visuals created with a variety of satellite-based data.

Video length 5:10 min.

Discuss this Resource»
Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
About Teaching Principle 7
Other materials addressing 7a
Effects of climate change on water cycle and freshwater availability
About Teaching Principle 7
Other materials addressing 7b
Climate change has consequences
About Teaching Climate Literacy
Other materials addressing Climate change has consequences

Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Video could be stopped along the way to have discussion about the graphs embedded in the video. Use NASA NEO website to get current data.
  • Educator might want to be aware of positive feedback loop mechanisms to facilitate further discussion.

About the Science

  • This video and its accompanying text (http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003600/a003619/) demonstrates how, using satellite observations, scientists can monitor changes in the global and regional climate by observing how regions of the Earth's cryosphere shrink and expand.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The source of the video are NASA satellites so this is a direct view of what has happened to cryosphere over the years, till 2009. It is a kind of direct assessment of the cryospheric changes taking place. The video however, will prove very helpful in educating the people about the changing croysphere and its impact on global climate.

About the Pedagogy

  • Draft of script is provided for students to follow along. Though some of data references are dated, overall trends in different geographic areas continue in the same direction.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Graphics are good.
  • YouTube version of this video is on a blog site that contains some inappropriate comments

Jump to this Video »

Have you used these materials with your students? Do you have insights to share with other educators about their use? Please share with the community by adding a comment below.

Please use this space only for discussion about teaching with these particular materials.
For more general discussion about teaching climate literacy please use our general discussion boards.
To report a problem or direct a comment to the CLEAN project team please use our feedback form (or the feedback link at the bottom of every page).
Off-topic posts will be deleted.

Join the Discussion

Log in to reply