Mapping Sea Level Rise

In this activity, students will learn the difference between sea ice and glaciers in relation to sea level rise. They will create and explore topographic maps as a means of studying sea level rise and how it will affect Alaska's coastline.

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Geophysical Institute of University of Fairbanks

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Resource involves different activities. Connections between activities have to be made clear by teacher.

Activity requires access to water and a freezer.

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Educators in other parts of the country might want to introduce their local setting.

Students should be made aware of the effects of climate change on native populations along the coast of Alaska.