CLEAN – Sea Level Rise Collection

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This collection features sea level rise educational resources from the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) portal. The collection was created by CLEAN in collaboration with NSTA.

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Resources in “CLEAN – Sea Level Rise” Collection

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

This activity engages learners in exploring the impact of climate change on arctic sea ice in the Bering Sea. They graph and analyze sea ice extent data, conduct a lab on thermal expansion of water, and then observe how a scientist collects long-term data on a bird population.

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Climate Change at the Doorstep

This PBS video focuses on sea level rise in Norfolk, Virginia and how the residents are managing the logistical, financial and political implications. Science journalists who have been studying Norfolk's rising sea level problems are interviewed, as well as local residents who are being impacted. Video length: 11:35 min.

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Commentary: Why Societal Issues Belong in Science Class Journal Article PDF File
Editor’s Corner: Everybody Talks About It Journal Article PDF File
Modeling Earth's Climate Journal Article PDF File
NOAA Sea Level Trends

The NOAA Sea Level Trends map illustrates U.S. regional and some international trends in sea level, with arrows representing the direction and magnitude of change. Students can investigate sea level changes around the U.S. and some worldwide using an interactive map interface with supporting data plots and tables.

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Now You “Sea” Ice, Now You Don’t Book Chapter PDF File
Scientists’ Concerns Challenge Conservative Sea-Level Rise Projections 

This video considers the current estimates of sea level rise as possibly too conservative and discusses more recent data on ice melt rates coming from Antarctica and Greenland, showing rates of melt at up to 5 times as rapid. Scientists discuss what levels and rates of sea level rise have occurred in the past, including the Pliocene, which demonstrated 1m rise every 20 years.Video length is 6:22 min.

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Sea Change Part 1: In the Field

This video is the first of a three-video series from the Sea Change project. It features the field work of scientists from the US and Australia looking for evidence of sea level rise during the Pliocene era when Earth was (on average) about 2 to 3 degrees Celsius hotter than it is today. Video length is 10:27 min.

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Sea-Level Rise Visualization for Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida 

This is an interactive map that illustrates the scale of potential flooding in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida due to projected sea level rise. It is a collaborative project of NOAA Sea Grant Consortium and the US Geological Survey. It is a pilot project, so there is some possibility that the resource may not be maintained over time.

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Surging Seas

This interactive map allows the user to explore projected alterations of land surfaces in coastal communities, based on different scenarios of sea level changes over time.

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Thermal Expansion and Sea Level Rise

In this short but effective demonstration/experiment, students investigate how thermal expansion of water might affect sea level.

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Understanding Sea Level Using Real Data

This module contains five activities, in increasing complexity, that focus on understanding how to interpret and manipulate sea level data, using real data from NOAA. Students first need to understand how to access and interpret sea surface height and tide data. To understand how to interpret these data, students will review and practice computing mean values. Along the way, they will learn how different factors, such as storms, affect tide levels and how to measure them. The goal is for student

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