Arctic Climate Feedbacks

This video uses film of the Arctic and Arctic researchers as well as animations to discuss feedbacks in the Arctic climate system related to sea ice, the ocean, and clouds. It explains concepts such as albedo and positive and negative feedbacks. The narrative includes discussion of current research and a summary which explains why understanding feedbacks is important.

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Polar Bear Project
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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

It would be helpful for teachers to read Kim Kasten's article on the terms "positive feedback" and "negative feedback," and different ways to describe them that don't have connotations of "good" and "bad" (i.e., using the terms "reinforcing" and "balancing" instead): https://serc.carleton.edu/earthandmind/posts/negativefeedbac.html