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Colorado and a Warming Planet

Learn More About Climate, University of Colorado at Boulder

This video highlights a variety of climate change research initiatives from scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It describes the changing dynamics of Antarctic ice sheets and the impacts of reduced Arctic sea ice. The video illustrates the excitement of this research through interviews and video clips of scientists in the field.

Video length is 8:52 min.

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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
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Evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change
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Global warming and especially arctic warming is recorded in natural geological and historic records
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Evidence shows that human-caused global warming have impacted ecosystem resulting in reduced biodiversity and ecological resilience
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Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
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Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
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Teaching Tips

  • A nice introduction to show how we know what we know about increasing global temperatures and what some of the effects of this warming will be.
  • Only minimally focused on Colorado, the video is appropriate for all US.

About the Science

  • Leading climate scientists describe their work and how their research points to increasing temperatures and changes in the ecosystem.
  • The tone of this video is conversational rather than rigorous. Specific points made by the scientists are, however, supported with appropriate images and satellite photos.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Links research and data from polar regions to local climate in Colorado. The video includes interviews with scientists from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and the National Snow and Ice Data Center in which they talk about their research. The title of the video is "Climate and Colorado's Future", but a majority of the video is about changes in the polar regions. The discussion of Colorado's future doesn't start until about the last minute of the video.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video is not integrated with a particular lesson plan, but the website provides lesson plans and complementary resources and activities that can be used to expand the reach of this video. These are well organized.
  • A young scientist is interviewed, which will engage students.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • High quality visuals may be engaging for audience.

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This is part of a larger collection "Learn More about Climate Colorado" which archives multi-media resources and links to related lesson plans: http://learnmoreaboutclimate.colorado.edu/

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

HS-ESS2.A1:Earth’s systems, being dynamic and interacting, cause feedback effects that can increase or decrease the original changes.

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

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