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In this video, students learn that scientific evidence strongly suggests that different regions on Earth do not respond equally to increased temperatures. Ice-covered regions appear to be particularly sensitive to even small changes in global temperature. This video segment adapted from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center details how global warming may already be responsible for a significant reduction in glacial ice, which may in turn have significant consequences for the planet.

Video length 3:05 min.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Narrowly focused, fast-paced 'young' feeling video could be used to introduce or reinforce the factors affecting the amount of ice on earth.

About the Science

  • Good overview of relationship between glacial mass temperature, sea level rise, and why people should care.
  • Shows graphs of several data sets but did not include reference in video.
  • Comment from expert scientist: The video and background essay give information on the role that ice plays in climate. It describes the various factors that influence glacier mass balance and focuses on how warming temperature from rises in atmospheric CO2 are reducing the mass balance of glaciers. Videos are a nice way to engage students.

About the Pedagogy

  • Fast-paced video. Young-sounding narrator. Should keep students engaged.
  • A background essay and discussion questions are supplied for teachers.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Download video or play it from the site.
  • Full screen image is a little on the fuzzy side.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

http://climate.nasa.gov/SeaLevelViewer/seaLevelViewer.cfm

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