Seasonal Sea and Land Ice Melt
Students examine the two time series images to determine the differences between seasonal ice melt over water versus land.
Examine the two time series images to determine the differences between seasonal ice melt over water versus land. Read the information at the top of each graph and answer the following questions.
- This quantity measures the percent coverage of snow and ice in each pixel, including snow, land ice, and sea ice.
- UNITS: This quantity is a measure of area coverage. A 30 percent coverage value means that snow and ice cover 30 percent of the land area at that location over the entire area of the grid box.
The first image shows the ice over the water.
The second image shows the ice over land.
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- What do these graphs show?
- What variable is on the horizontal axis?
- What variable is on the vertical axis?
- What is the maximum value for the vertical axis?
- What pattern do you see for the sea ice?
- What pattern do you see for the land ice?
- What are the differences?
- LAS UI. (n.d.). My NASA Data. Retrieved October 25, 2022, from https://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/EarthSystemLAS/UI.vm#panelHeaderHidden=false;differences=false;autoContour=false;xCATID=19DA99848B900E3758E07966C6E26529;xDSID=CERESSnowIce_single;varid=aux_snow_mon-id-a5e4f34a38;imageSize=auto;over=xy;compute=Nonetoken;tl
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Supported NGSS Performance Expectations
- MS-ESS2-6: Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
- HS-ESS3-5: Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth's systems.