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Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 46 seconds

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Polar Regions

Greenland Ice Mass Loss 2002-2021

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  • This video shows a map of Greenland's ice loss over time next to a graph displaying ice mass loss in gigatons per year from 2002 to 2021.
  • Students can engage with this video and use it as an interactive data set.
Teaching Tips


  • The short video is a quick introduction to ice loss on Greenland.
  • The color-coding on the map of Greenland clearly shows areas with the greatest amount of ice mass change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a simple graph.
  • You may want to provide some context before or after the video, as there is no narration or sound.


  • Advanced students could attempt to continue the graph to make predictions about future ice loss.
  • This animated graph and map could be used in social studies classes when discussing the effects of sea level rise and the many communities that are threatened by sea level rise today.
  • Science classes could use this short video when discussing the global effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the feedback loops associated with losing ice that would otherwise reflect a significant amount of solar radiation.
  • Math classes could use the video when learning about graphing data.
Scientist Notes
This resource visualizes the loss in ice mass of the Greenland Ice Sheet since 2002 as a result of anthropogenic climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS.ESS2.2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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).
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