The webpages of AntarcticGlaciers.org hopefully provide a useful information resource for both students and teachers. However, there are also lots of free downloads and interactive resources available on the internet. This webpage has a number of resources suitable for GCSE and A-Level Geography and Geoscience teachers.
IBCSO (International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean)
The IBCSO website provides information on sea floor topography. Users can download a PDF chart or Geotiff data of the entire ocean floor.
When using any data from the IBCSO project please cite:
Arndt, J.E., H. W. Schenke, M. Jakobsson, F. Nitsche, G. Buys, B. Goleby, M. Rebesco, F. Bohoyo, J.K. Hong, J. Black, R. Greku, G. Udintsev, F. Barrios, W. Reynoso-Peralta, T. Morishita, R. Wigley, “The International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO) Version 1.0 – A new bathymetric compilation covering circum-Antarctic waters”, Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/grl.50413
Google Earth has fabulous satellite images of Antarctica, and it lets you explore the continent from the comfort of your sofa. There are fabulous images of crevasses, glaciers, moraines and more.
Explore Scott’s hut through the Google World Wonders project.
Check out the BRITICE dataset. Downloadable PDF maps of all the glacial landforms in Britain.
Interactive glacier models
Get the students playing with one of these simple, browser-based interactive glacier models, and understanding concepts such as ablation, accumulation, glacier advance and recession and glacier mass balance.
Sea level rise
There are a number of interactive student resources on sea level rise.
- Explore global sea level rise with this interactive map.
- Check out this even better cool interactive sea level rise map via Climate Central (across the USA).
- The Ice2Sea EU website has lots of useful information about the causes and impacts of sea level rise. Their Synthesis Report has lots of excellent examples and case studies.
- There are a number of teacher resources on the Durham University Sea Level Change research group outreach webpage.
The Glaciers Online website has an excellent photo-glossary that you can encourage the students to explore.
Films about Climate Change and Glaciers
There are a number of excellent climate change documentaries and films publically available for little investment.
- Thin Ice talks about climate change from the scientists’ perspectives. The website has many resources, including extra clips and information. The film can be rented and watched online for NZ$5 and downloaded for NZ$10.
- Chasing Ice uses stunning repeat photography to characterise glacial recession over several years. The film is available to download from iTunes.
- Operation Iceberg is a BBC documentary that follows the exploits of scientists in Greenland. Stunning visuals are combined with exciting feats of bravery for compelling viewing.
One way to get students involved and engaged is to get them to make a glacier using Glacier Goo. This tried and tested method is fun and exciting, and you can encourage the students to think about deformation and glacier movement processes, as well as ablation and accumulation.
There are many glacier goo recipes around. The National Association of Geoscience Teachers has some good resources.
A number of maps of Antarctica are available to download and print off for free from LIMA.