Cryosphere and rising sea levels

Classroom Activity, 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 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 world?

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By EarthLabs, SERC at Carleton College

Hosted at SERC at Carleton College


Language: English

Location: Global

Grade: High school, Undergraduate

Access: Online

Computer Skills: Basic


Discipline: Geography, Earth Sciences

Discipline Topics: Sea-level Rise; Hazards and Disasters; Melting of Polar Ice due to Climate Change

Climate Topics: Disasters and Hazards, Climate and the Cryosphere