NOVA ScienceNOW profile on Lonnie Thompson - Tropical Glaciologist
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- There are links on this web page to other videos for students to explore.
- Additionally teachers might want to link to the CLEAN collection to find activities on ice cores that this video can be paired with.
About the Science
- The use of the video should be supported by additional science information.
- To study past climate, it is important to obtain ice cores from the equatorial regions as soon as possible because warming temperatures are causing the equatorial glaciers to melt away.
- This is a profile of the tropical glaciologist Lonnie Thompson and his work on ice core analysis.
- Comments from expert scientist: This material is very interesting and is an excellent presentation of the history of Thompson's work, but it doesn't really present any results of his work.
About the Pedagogy
- Teachers can pair this with activities on ice cores, such as these CLEAN selected resources: http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html?search_text=ice+core&Search=search
- By profiling the scientist and how he came to be a scientist, students interested in science can start to see the possibilities for themselves.
- There is a transcript included, providing an alternate avenue for accessing the material.
- The scientist career profile provides a good role model for students, particularly for those interested in science.