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Classroom/Laboratory Activity

A classroom/laboratory activity that introduces the relationship between climate and the cryosphere, explains how sea-level rise can be predicted (based on average global temperature change), and triggers a discussion on the potential impacts of sea-level rise.

In this activity, students will examine actual data for projected sea-level rise, and will use a visualization to view the possible impacts of sea level rise and storm surges on different locations in the continental U.S.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Name the largest glaciers (in terms of volume) in the world.
  2. What would be the impact of the melting of large glaciers on coastal locations across the
About Tool
Tool Name Future of the Cryosphere (Sea Level Rise) 
Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences 
Topic(s) in Discipline Cryosphere, Sea Level Rise, Disasters and Hazards, Hydrosphere, Melting, Polar Ice, Climate Change, Glaciers
Climate Topic Disasters and Hazards, Climate and the Cryosphere 
Type of tool Classroom/Laboratory Activity 
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by EarthLabs, SERC at Carleton College 
Hosted at SERC at Carleton College 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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