A video that explains the impact of climate change on the habitat and population of a species (specifically, the American Pika) and explores whether this species could be used as an indicator of climate change.
Students will learn about climate-related factors that are important for the survival of pikas in summer and winter. They will also understand how climate-sensitive species such as alpine pikas could serve as indicators of the health of water resources in alpine ecosystems,
Use this tool to help students find answers to:
- How could climate change affect the survival of the American Pika?2
- How is the effect of climate change on the American Pika being studied?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||The American Pika: A Climate Change Indicator Species?|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Animal Habitats, Ecosystems, Ecology, Species|
|Climate Topic||Climate Change and the Biosphere|
|Type of Tool||Video|
|Grade Level||High school, Undergraduate|
|Developed by||Chris Ray, University of Colorado Boulder; Niwot Ridge LTER Program; Earth Initiatives|
|Hosted at||YouTube (Niwot Ridge)|