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Changing Planet: Rising Sea Level

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This video discusses the social and economic impacts (worldwide and in the US) of sea level rise caused by global warming (aired April 1, 2011).
Note: you may need to scroll down the Changing Planet video page to get to this video.

Video length: 6:21 min.

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Teaching Tips

  • Note: you will need to scroll down the Changing Planet video page to get to this video.
  • The video can be enlarged to eliminate visual impact of the text and images surrounding the video.

About the Content

  • The video documents impacts of thermal expansion and melting of ice sheets and glaciers on coastal communities
  • The video also shows the ways that sea level rise is determined. These include the use of sediment core data and satellite data to document rate of sea level rise in the past.
  • The video also describes a laboratory model that examines how warming ocean currents reach Antarctica where they contribute to the melting of ice sheets.
  • References to projected sea level rise in the coming decades is a highly dynamic field. Estimates change as research progresses and teachers need to be aware of this; seek up-to-date data as needed.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Includes interviews with two leading scientists in the field and provides visuals of the sources of the data (sediment cores, satellite measurements, physical models, computer models).

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Entered the Collection: January 2013 Last Reviewed: November 2016

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