Katie Snider, David Ladd, Rob Reese, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
Video length is 2:38 min.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas
About Teaching Climate Literacy
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- This short video would make a good introduction to a lesson on black carbon. It could be paired with existing lesson in the CLEAN collection: https://cleanet.org/resources/42706.html
About the Science
- Black carbon is soot.
- Black carbon on the surface of sea ice contributes to the acceleration of sea ice melting by absorbing, rather than reflecting, sunlight.
- Because black carbon is a particle, rather than a gas, it has a relatively short lifespan in the atmosphere; thus, reducing the amount of black carbon that people produce can have immediate impacts.
- Comments from expert scientist: This material uses simple language to clearly describe the role black carbon plays in the earth radiation budget. To date, black carbon is recognized having strong contribution to current global warming, only next to the green house gas, carbon dioxide.
About the Pedagogy
- This video presents information well and includes animations to help students understand concepts.
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- The video plays easily from the website, and it can also be downloaded and saved.
- A transcript is provided.
Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEANhttps://serc.carleton.edu/files/NAGTWorkshops/energy/activities/black_carbon.pdf
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3
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.
MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.
MS-PS4.B1:When light shines on an object, it is reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through the object, depending on the object’s material and the frequency (color) of the light.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 4
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.
HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.
HS-ESS2.E1:The many dynamic and delicate feedbacks between the biosphere and other Earth systems cause a continual co-evolution of Earth’s surface and the life that exists on it.