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Capstone: Assignment 2


This week we focus on the Arctic because of its significance in models.

A. Arctic

B. Polar Regions


Step 1: Read the following articles.

Step 2: Consider how the element of climate change you chose to read about impacts a place of interest to you, then write a small vignette (200-400 words). You should focus on why that place is vulnerable and what is being done about it. Your vignette should include answers to the following questions:

  • What is the threat?
  • Why is that place/regional vulnerable?
  • What are the forecasts in terms of environmental change?
  • What are the forecasted impacts on communities?
  • What are the solutions? (If applicable)?
  • Step 3: Using screencast-o-(link is external)matic(link is external), record your voice reading your vignette.

Step 4. Place your video clip at the relevant place in Google Earth by attaching it to a Pin (VIDEO TO COME SHORTLY!) and save as a kmz file.

Grading Rubric

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Grading Rubric
Assessment Criteria Excellent Above Average Average (Acceptable) Below Average Unacceptable
Script discusses key concepts relevant to each of the six stages 5 4 3 2 1
Concepts are explored in detail 5 4 3 2 1
Script is place-based 5 4 3 2 1
Script is well-written 5 4 3 2 1
Script contains references 5 4 3 2 1
kmz file functions and tour is audible 10 8 6 4 2

Back-Up Plan

For any Module, if you cannot find a topic relevant to the material, you can find more regional summaries of impacts from the following regions, at the base of the IPCC Impacts page. Please feel free to find relevant material in the following:

22. Africa - 4.9MB

23. Europe - 13.1MB

24. Asia - 3.0MB

25. Australasia - 5.2MB

26. North America - 4.2MB

27. Central and South America - 4.4MB

28. Polar Regions - 7.1MB

29. Small Islands - 3.8MB

30. The Ocean - 20.1MB