The Day After Tomorrow (2004)


Concept featured in clip:
Global Warming
Location of clip: DVD: 31:21 - 33:06


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Summary of clip:Professor Hall is at work and the climatologists are looking at the odd weather occurring globally. They are trying to figure what could be causing these major weather disturbances. The professor explains that there has been a huge temperature drop in the Atlantic Ocean. The temperature drop in the North Atlantic Current is caused by fresh water from the polar ice caps melting and running into the ocean. The ice caps are melting because of global warming. The temperature shift in the North Atlantic Current is what is causing the weather anomalies.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: Usually warm water in the ocean rushes northward from the equator. The warm water brings nutrients with it and stabilizes the climate of countries in the northern hemisphere. When global warming causes the polar ice caps to melt, fresh water rushes into the ocean. This disrupts the flow of warm water from the equator in the North Atlantic Current. The temperature shift in the ocean causes disruptions in the climate and weather patterns of countries north of the equator.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What is the North Atlantic Current?

b. Why are the polar ice caps melting?

c. What is the result of the temperature drop in the northern Atlantic Ocean?

d. How might melting polar ice caps affect the North Atlantic Current?

2. This would be a good clip to use during a physical science class while studying energy and burning fossil fuels. Students could research global warming and what causes it. They could then identify the major sources of energy use in the United States and how the burning of fossil fuels is contributing to global warming. Finally, students would create posters to increase awareness of global warming. The poster would include recommendations for other sources of energy that would not contribute to global warming.

3. This is a good clip to use for the studying the different ocean currents and how they affect climates.