Tuvalu - Islands on the frontline of climate change
Panos Pictures, panos Prictures
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- Strategies of human adaptation to climate change
- Actions taken by different levels of society can mitigate climate change and increase preparedness for current and future generations
- Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
- Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change
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- The short slideshow will enhance discussions of the impacts of sea level rise.
- Given the approach - the human side of sea level rise - slideshow could be used as a conversation-starter with students.
- This resource can be used in a variety of types of lessons in geography, climate change, environmental science and anthropology.
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About the Science
- Scientists present data and projections that suggest that, by the end of the century, the oceans could be one meter or more above their current levels. Coastal regions will be flooded and low-lying nations such as the tiny South Pacific country of Tuvalu could be submerged. Resource provides a clear example of the impact that climate change is having on both the physical and social-cultural aspects of life on a low-lying island.
- Comments from expert scientist: This product appears to be more of a documentary focusing on the social impacts of climate change and sea level rise in small island states. It focuses on social science product and most of the observations are qualitative in nature. Makes connection between rising sea levels and other factors that influence inundation (e.g. seasonal variability, high tides, wind swell, and tropical cyclones)
About the Pedagogy
- No background materials or Teacher's guide accompanying this video.
- Overall impact of the resource is emotionally manipulative - may not appeal to all audiences.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- The quality of the photos is very high. The presentation is understated and effective.