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Sea Level Rise

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Description

The video explores what it describes as the sleeping giant of climate change - sea level rise - and argues that the consequences could be huge. Drawing on evidence from the distant past, scientist predict the impact of rising sea levels and claim that by the end of this century, areas that currently flood once every hundred years, could start to flood several times every year.

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

If students are to understand and respond to the claims made by the video, they must listen, identify the main ideas promoted by the video, recognize the supporting evidence, and in this instance take note of the method scientist use to support the conclusions they reach.  

Strengths

The video is a useful piece in any collection of teaching resources that examine the causes and consequences of climate change. It is a serious piece in that the position taken would appear to be one backed by legitimate scientific research.

The video is accompanied by a written transcript that allows students to better consider what is being said and what supporting evidence is provided.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The video may be used as part of any study of the projected consequences of climate change in combination with other R4R resources that examine parallel consequences such as drought, heat waves, and ecosystem changes.

The video may lead to student discussion of what we should be doing in the face of rising sea levels within the context of the larger issue of mitigation and adaptation measures - relevant resources for which can be found in the R4R database.

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Water (1)

    • Marine Environments