2-14: Sea-Level Rise
Importance of this Unit to the Course
Sea-level rise is a potential consequence of global
warming that might impact hundreds of millions of people. Here we examine
the contributing causes to
sea-level rise and use climate model projections to estimate future sea-level rise.
- To review the record of past sea level conditions and understand the
causes of global sea-level rise.
- To understand the dynamics that lead to changes in major fresh water
reservoirs (ice masses) and how these reservoirs are vulnerable to global
Preparation for Discussion
(You must complete this section before class.)
- Read the
(Print text for offline
review; images only.)
- Take the
Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
- Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the
quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)
(See your portfolio for due dates and times)
A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog.
The following types of comments are required:
The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:
- Social Comments
- Knowledge-building Comments
- Ethical Comments
- Unit Problem to Ponder:
How is it possible that increased snowfall over Antarctica could
be a confirming signal for global warming?
- Unit exam questions
from previous years
- Unit discussions from previous years, available from
the current online