Jump to this Video »
Black Carbon
http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/blackcarbon/

Katie Snider, David Ladd, Rob Reese, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)

This video describes what black carbon is, where is comes from, and how it contributes to sea ice melt and global warming.

Video length is 2:38 min.

Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Role of aerosols in climate system
About Teaching Principle 2
Other materials addressing 2e
Human activities have increased GHG levels and altered global climate patterns
About Teaching Principle 6
Other materials addressing 6c

Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
Other materials addressing:
7.3 Environmental quality.

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
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

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.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • 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 CLEAN

https://serc.carleton.edu/files/NAGTWorkshops/energy/activities/black_carbon.pdf

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

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.

High School

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.


Jump to this Video »