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North Dakota Tribal Members Talk About Climate Change
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nasa11.sci.life.eco.uttc4/

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In this short video segment Native Americans talk about climate change and how it impacts their lives as they experience unexpected changes in environmental conditions. They describe observed changes in seasonality, how these changes affect ecosystems and habitats, their respect for Mother Earth, and the participation of tribal colleges in climate change research projects.

Video length 2:15 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Environmental observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system. From the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the Sun, instruments on weather stations, buoys, satellites, and other platforms collect climate data. To learn about past climates, scientists use natural records, such as tree rings, ice cores, and sedimentary layers. Historical observations, such as native knowledge and personal journals, also document past climate change.
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Observations, experiments, and theory are used to construct and refine computer models that represent the climate system and make predictions about its future behavior. Results from these models lead to better understanding of the linkages between the atmosphere-ocean system and climate conditions and inspire more observations and experiments. Over time, this iterative process will result in more reliable projections of future climate conditions.
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change. Animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses will migrate to new areas with favorable climate conditions. Infectious diseases and certain species will be able to invade areas that they did not previously inhabit.
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Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species.
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Computer modeling explores the logical consequences of a set of instructions and a set of data. The instructions and data input of a computer model try to represent the real world so the computer can show what would actually happen. In this way, computers assist people in making decisions by simulating the consequences of different possible decisions.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • This is a Northern Plains description of the effects of climate change. For viewpoints from other geographical locations, see resources in the CLEAN collection (Intuit, Navajo, and others).
  • There is not much content in this video so it would have to be used as a "prompt" to get students thinking about observations by Native Americans and why they would be important in understanding climate change.

About the Science

  • Native Americans talk about their observations of a changing climate and the impact on the environment and animals.
  • This video is not a rigorous scientific piece, but is more about the cultural perspectives and values–the human connection to climate change effects in the northern plains of the US.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Background essay and discussion questions accompany the video. Also links to other resources.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Grainy quality if viewed online in full screen mode

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