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Introduction video to the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven © Benjamin Büttner, Transatlantic Outreach Program

Climate Change Unit Plan
Climate Change

At the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven, students will learn about climate change. Each of the eight stations at the Klimahaus will give students a better understanding of how climate change is impacting communities along  longitude 8° 34’ E. They will also explore how our actions can contribute to climate change around the world.

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Unit Overview

As an introduction to this unit, watch the video Welcome to the Klimahaus available on YouTube by the Transatlantic Outreach Program.

During a visit to the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven, students will explore global climates and observable changes in glaciation, rainfall, sea level, and surface temperatures. Students will examine claims, analyze and evaluate data, and pose questions to clarify patterns in the evidence used to support a claim. Students will conduct explorations to understand the science behind observed climate change effects.

In this unit, students travel around the globe along the eighth meridian east. The lessons begin in Bremerhaven and will take the students to Isenthal (Switzerland), Seneghe (Sardinia, Italy), Kanak (Niger), Ikenge (Cameroon), Queen Maud Land (Antarctica), Satitoa (Samoa), Gambell (Alaska, U.S.), and Hallig Langeness (Germany).


View of the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven, behind it a view of the Atlantic Hotel Sail City. Von Till F. Teenck - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0

Welcome to the Klimahaus

At the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven, students will learn about climate change. They will also explore how our actions can contribute to climate change around the world.

View of green lush valley, surrounded by mountains in Wengen, Switzerland. © Marco Meyer, Unsplash

Station 1
Isenthal, Switzerland

In Isenthal, students will learn how glacial melting and recession impact the local community.

Sheep herd seeking shade under rock formation in Sardinia, Italy. © Jürgen Scheeff, Unsplash

Station 2
Seneghe, Sardinia

Students will explore the island of Sardinia in Italy and study the effects of desertification and invasive species.

Areal view of desert lanscape, with river surrounded by trees. © Von Sputniktilt - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0

Station 3
Kanak, Niger

In Kanak, Niger students will learn about the nomadic Tuareg people, as well as desertification and how vegetation affects precipitation.

Close up of lush, green jungle with palm fronds. © Chuttersnap, Unsplash

Station 4
Ikenge Cameroon

In Ikenge, students will explore the rainforest of Cameroon, and learn how logging is a threat to biodiversity to this unique place on earth.

Snow and ice covered mountins surrounding crystal clear water. © Enrique Setim, Unsplash

Station 5
Queen Maud Land, Antarctica

Students will learn about ice changes in the Antarctic and what this means for the planet. They will model land ice melt.

Coral reef with bleached coral. © Ahmed Areef, Unsplash

Station 6
Satitoa, Samoa

In Satitoa, students will explore sea-level rise, as well as ocean acidification and what impacts it has on the coral reefs of the island and beyond.

Two young polar bears playing together in the snow. © Hans-Jurgen Mager, Unsplash

Station 7
Gambell, Alaska

Students will study thawing of permafrost and discover what this means for the human and animal inhabitants of Gambell.

Green landscape, with view of the Wadden Sea, fence, blue sky, and clouds. © Frank Schwarz, Unsplash

Station 8
Hallig Langeness, Germany

At the final station of the Klimahaus, students will return to Germany to learn how sea-level rise is threatening the existence of the Hallig Islands.

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