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This video highlights research conducted at Woods Hole on how heat absorbed by the ocean and changes of ocean chemistry from human activities could lead to a tipping point for marine life and ecosystems. Includes ice bath experiment that models the tipping point of Arctic sea ice.

Video length: 13:40 min.

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Middle School: 8 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 7 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

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Energy Literacy

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5.6 Environmental factors.
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2.4 Water stores and transfers energy.

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Teaching Tips

  • This video helps to explain and demonstrate tipping points and the relationship between ocean and atmospheric temperatures.
  • Runs into another video and an ad at 11:17.

About the Science

  • The impacts of climate change on the ocean temperature currents and chemistry are described by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute scientists.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The video is from 2009, so it needs substantial updates. It is a simple resource that lacks depth, and should only be used for younger (middle school) students.

About the Pedagogy

  • Excellent visuals, interviews with scientists.
  • Features a female scientist prominently.
  • Contains an effective demonstration-type experiment on the absorption of heat by ice and the tipping point phenomena.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Easy to access and very well-produced.

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