The Changing Cryosphere and Impacts on Arctic Communities

Created by Russanne Low Last updated 8/20/2015

Indigenous Arctic peoples are experiencing climate change impacts now that affect their daily life. This bundle of resources for middle and high school students focus on Earth's ice, the cryosphere, a part of the Earth system that plays an important role in regulating the Earth's climate. Students create an experimental model to explore the concept of albedo, a measure of reflectivity of the Earth's surface, download and analyze data for evidence of shrinking polar ice, and explore how changes in the cryosphere impacts the Earth's energy budget.