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Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gstw44DeSI&list=UUliT4Dc2JUMM6QVhMo0ENrQ&index=9&feature=plcp

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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Melting of ice sheets and glaciers, combined with the thermal expansion of seawater as the oceans warm, is causing sea level to rise. Seawater is beginning to move onto low-lying land and to contaminate coastal fresh water sources and beginning to submerge coastal facilities and barrier islands. Sea-level rise increases the risk of damage to homes and buildings from storm surges such as those that accompany hurricanes.
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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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Human health and mortality rates will be affected to different degrees in specific regions of the world as a result of climate change. Although cold-related deaths are predicted to decrease, other risks are predicted to rise. The incidence and geographical range of climate-sensitive infectious diseases—such as malaria, dengue fever, and tick-borne diseases—will increase. Drought-reduced crop yields, degraded air and water quality, and increased hazards in coastal and low-lying areas will contribute to unhealthy conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.
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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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