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This Video builds on the following concepts of Climate Literacy.
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- Milankovitch/orbital cycle
- Sunlight warms the planet
- Sun is primary energy
- Climate is complex
- Changes in climate is normal but varies over times/ space
- Climate is variable
- Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
- Observations, experiments, and theory are used to construct and refine computer models
- Our understanding of climate
- Global warming is "very likely" caused by human greenhouse gas emission
- Human activities have increased GHG levels and altered global climate patterns
- Humans affect climate
- Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
- Climate change has consequences
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- The video is a stand alone learning tool about how climate change over geologic time was revealed through information in ocean sediment cores. Consider using the companion classroom lesson, not included with the video link but included here: http://www.andrill.org/flexhibit/flexhibit/materials/activities/Unit%205-Decoding_Antarctica's_Climate_History.pdf
- Teachers will likely need to develop a video viewing guide for students to capture key information as they view the video.
- The reviewers were disappointed that all 4 scientists shown were male. We recognize the importance of showcasing diversity among all the types of people that can be successful and influential scientists. Teachers should balance this video with others that show women, minorities, and younger people to illustrate that science is open to all.
About the Science
- The video relates past change to current climate change to discuss how scientists are trying to look at the past when the planet was warmer to see what will happen with future warming. It introduces the Milankovitch cycles as the reason for Antarctic ice sheet advance and retreat over geologic time.
- The video also details how research using ocean sediment cores have revealed the climate history of the Earth and discuss how the scientists use the rock cores and climate models for this work.
- Comments from expert scientist: An overview of the importance of Antarctica for global climate. Importance of understanding the past climates for the future but rather outdated. New models have been developed since 2010 and new data has been collected.
About the Pedagogy
- This video is a good discussion of climate change and how scientists use observations of the past and models to make predictions about the future. It could be a useful teaching tool for many topics related to climate change, Antarctica, and scientific processes.
- Nothing is included with the video, but a companion activity produced by the same research project is available which promotes small group discussion, model building, data analyses and critical thinking: http://www.andrill.org/flexhibit/flexhibit/materials/activities/Unit%205-Decoding_Antarctica's_Climate_History.pdf