North Pole


You have been learning about how climate change has been affecting the sea ice located in the Arctic. Now you will have a chance to watch a video taken from a Web cam set up by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal agency responsible for tracking climate changes.


Watch and listen to the two-minute video Why North Pole Web Cams? about how scientists get information on temperatures in the North Pole, which is also called the Arctic.

As you watch this video, think about your answers to these questions. You can write your answers on the North Pole student sheet.

  • Why is the North Pole hard to study in winter?
  • What happens to the temperature in the Arctic, or North Pole, during the summer?
  • Name two kinds of transportation that scientists used in the past to collect Arctic temperature data in the summer. What is the problem with these?
  • To collect data more easily, what technology do scientists now use to track summertime temperatures in the Arctic, or North pole?
  • Before Web-cam use, how many times had scientists collected good data on summertime Arctic warming?
  • Does four sessions to take pictures by boat or helicopter seem like very many times to you?
  • Why is it better to collect more data than just a little bit?

This esheet is a part of the The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge lesson.

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