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Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington

The National Academy of Science

This video features Dr. Gary Griggs, scientist with the National Research Council (NRC) and professor at UCSC, reviewing highlights from the recently released report by the NRC about predictions for sea-level rise on the West Coast states. The video includes effective visualizations and animations of the effects of plate tectonics and sea-level rise on the West Coast.

Video length is 4:43 min.

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Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
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Teaching Tips

  • An effective video to introduce the the impact that predicted climate-driven sea-level rise, together with tectonic impacts, may have on the position of the Pacific Northwest coastline.

About the Science

  • The video explains how geologic processes and global warming could combine to result in large increases in sea levels and subsequent destruction of the Pacific coastline.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The video is professionally done and comprises well-designed animations in several places. The data presented is not only current but also very relatable to modern and future issues along the coast - beach erosion and nourishment, coastal infrastructures and habitations, recreation opportunities, maritime transport, etc.

About the Pedagogy

  • More of a report than an entertaining video - talking head interspersed with video images and graphics.
  • Good graphics and examples.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Closed captioned - note that at the very end, captions turn to gobbeldy-gook.

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