The Ecology of Climate Change

This video focuses on the conifer forest in Alaska to explore the carbon cycle and how the forest responds to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. Topics addressed in the video include wildfires, reflectivity, and the role of permafrost in the global carbon cycle.

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American Museum of Natural History

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Teaching Tips

Teaching tips are included in a PDF file: http://www.amnh.org/content/download/41762/606581/file/classroom_eco_ofc...

The science findings described in the film, particularly the release of large amount of carbon into the atmosphere as permafrost thaws, may be overwhelming to some learners, and as with many aspects of global change, educators should consider how to help students process the information.

Prior knowledge of the carbon cycle, photosynthesis, and respiration would be beneficial to viewers.

Simplified climate models, such as this one from Windows to the Universe, may complement the video and related discussion: http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/cli_model.html

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