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Changing Planet: Permafrost Gas Leak

Missy Holzer, Jennifer Bergman, Roberta Johnson, NESTA/Windows to the Universe

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

About Teaching Principle 2
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About Teaching Principle 5
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Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines

1. Questioning, Analysis and Interpretation Skills:C) Collecting information
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C) Collecting information.
1. Questioning, Analysis and Interpretation Skills:E) Organizing information
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E) Organizing information.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.1 The Earth as a Physical System:A) Processes that shape the Earth
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A) Processes that shape the Earth.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.2 The Living Environment:D) Flow of matter and energy
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D) Flow of matter and energy.

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Teaching Tips

  • Educators will need to familiarize themselves with websites associated with the various parts of the activity ahead of time, in addition to the worksheets and various data sets.

About the Science

  • As permafrost thaws, the land, atmosphere, water resources, ecosystems, and human communities are affected.
  • Background and data sources are National Snow and Ice Data Center and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The activity sheet and teacher reference do not have much information themselves, and instead refers students to websites with a strong reputation such as the National Snow and Ice Data Centre, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, NOAA and Arctic Portal. In terms of handling, exploring and displaying primary data, this activity is excellent.

About the Pedagogy

  • Activity can be done in parts or as a whole; components include a video, background reading, demos, map analysis, and borehole data analysis.
  • Students learn about composition of permafrost, identify the spatial distribution of permafrost, interpret borehole data and recognize trends in data, and analyze methane data and correlate it to the permafrost data.
  • There are a lot of supporting materials for teachers, including multiple suggestions for extension activities.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

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