Evidence of Recent Change
In this lab, you will explore evidence of recent change in the cryosphere. In Part A, you will use an online interactive to visually explore how six Alaskan glaciers have changed over the last hundred years. You will also use image processing software to measure how much area a glacier in the Himalayas has lost over time due to rising temperatures. In Part B, you will study recent trends in Arctic sea ice extent. In Part C, you will explore the ice-albedo feedback effect and think about causal connections between climate and the cryosphere.
After completing this investigation, you should be able to:
- describe evidence of recent changes observed in glacial ice;
- measure changes in glacial area and extent using ImageJ;
- describe recent trends in sea ice extent and volume;
- explain how the ice-albedo feedback loop works; and
- explain the difference between reinforcing and balancing feedback mechanisms.
Keeping track of What You LearnIn these pages, you'll find two kinds of questions.
- Checking In questions are intended to keep you focused on key concepts. They allow you to check if the material is making sense. These questions are often accompanied by hints or answers to let you know if you are on the right track.
- Stop and Think questions are intended to help your teacher assess your understanding of the key concepts and skills. These questions require you to pull some concepts together or apply your knowledge in a new situation.
- Discuss questions are intended to get you talking with your neighbor. These questions require you to pull some concepts together or apply your knowledge in a new situation.