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U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program and WGBH


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Video, 4 minutes, 33 seconds, CC
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Polar Regions


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Arctic Climate Perspectives

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  • This resource consists of a video, article, and discussion questions on how climate change is affecting the lives of the Iñupiaq people who live in Barrow, Alaska. 
  • Students will learn how warmer temperatures and melting ice have changed the Iñupiaq people's subsistence way of life.
Teaching Tips


  • The background essay and discussion questions allow for the enrichment and assessment of student understanding.
  • The video can be viewed online or downloaded.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers may want to show students Barrow on a map or globe.
  • Teachers can share this resource on Google Classroom.


Scientist Notes
This resource includes a 4-minute video and supporting textual information describing the impact of climate change on the Indigenous lifestyles of Iñupiaq communities living near Barrow, Alaska. The video itself seems to be from between 2007 and 2009, but nothing in it is outdated. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
      • HS.ESS3.6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity (i.e., climate change).
  • Social Sciences
    • Geography (K-12)
      • HS.48 Determine the influence of long-term climate change and variability on human migration, settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
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