Videos

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WHRC – COP21
This 80-minute video covers an event held at the Center. In it the president and executive director Dr. Phil Duffy provides an insider’s view as he summarizes the outcomes of COP21 in Paris. The founder Dr. George Woodwell recounts some of the Center’s seminal work in identifying the fact of climate change; and Drs. Richard Houghton, Wayne Walker, Susan Natali, Glenn Bush and Robert Max Holmes discuss current efforts to monitor and mitigate climate change.

Woods Hole Projet Equateur
In this video, Justin Catanosa, the director of journalism at the Wake Forest University, interviews Melaine Kermac, the project manager of the Woods Hole Research Center’s Equateur project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It covers development of a pilot REDD+ project in Equateur Province to curb forest loss, reduce poverty, and promote economic development.

R. Max Holmes – TEDxWoodsHole – An Arctic Solution to Climate Warming
Woods Hole Research Center senior scientist Max Holmes describes a controversial experiment underway in a remote corner of Siberia. He examines the possibility of reintroducing mega-herbivores to the Siberian Arctic to keep the permafrost frozen, and the associated carbon in the ground.

Global Rivers Observatory – an overview
A brief video summary of the “Emerging Topics in Biogeochemical Cycles” (ETBC) Program that examines the riverine export of organic and inorganic carbon from land to the ocean. This holistic approach to river basin studies is urgently needed to serve as a benchmark for future studies aimed at tracking the impact of environmental change on carbon transport from land to the oceans.

The Polaris Project
Dr. Sergey Zimov is the founder and director of the Northeast Science Station, a small research base located north of the Arctic Circle in Siberia. Since 1975, he has devoted himself to understanding the Kolyma watershed — an expanse of boreal forest and tundra that was not glaciated during the last ice age. In addition to the scientific advances made by the staff at the Northeast Science Station, they also mentor future scientists, including the undergraduates of the Polaris Project.

Food for Thought: Balancing Agriculture, Forests, and Climate
Dr. Michael Coe, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, explores how Amazon deforestation can lead to radical climate shifts affecting forests, crops, and hydropower.

The Hydrological Cycle
All life on Earth depends on water. After describing what the hydrological cycle is using graphics, this video then covers experiments the Woods Hole Research Center is doing at the Tanguro Station in the Amazon forest. It focuses on work done to determine the effects of deforestation, soy-bean production and fires on hydrology.

Carbon Dioxide and a Runaway Greenhouse
The first in a three-part lecture series on carbon dioxide and the possibilities of avoiding a runaway greenhouse scenario. Dr. Richard Houghton examines tipping points: at what point will we no longer be able to mitigate climate change with reforestation, or at what point will society just stop caring?

The Earth’s Disappearing Cryosphere: Glaciers, Snow Cover, Floating Ice, and Permafrost
Dr. Richard Williams discusses the Earth’s cryosphere — frozen waters and climate change. Glaciers, snow cover, floating ice and permafrost are all undergoing rapid changes thanks to fossil fuel use. Carbon dioxide measurements topped 400 parts per million on May 9, 2016. At the beginning of the industrial period the measurement was 280 parts per million. (Dr. Williams mentions NASA repeatedly in his presentation. Here is a NASA video explaining what the cryosphere’s importance is to the globe, and how they indicate that climate change is happening: NASA’s Tour of the Cryosphere )

Going with the Flow
Dr. Richard Max Holmes presents at ESRI on the Global Rivers Project, a project that studies the biogeochemistry of the world’s greatest rivers. Changes in the discharge of watersheds can tell us about changes in the land use in those watersheds.

Maintaining Forest Cover and Biodiversity in Amazonia
Maintaining Forest Cover and Biodiversity for a Liveable Climate in Amazonia: Dr. Foster Brown, a senior scientist for the Woods Hole Research Institute, based in the State of Acre in the western Amazon. He explains the challenges of protecting Amazonia especially from fire, and of mobilizing local populations for ecological awareness. Presented at the 2015 Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming conference at Tufts University.

What Others Are Saying

NOVA | Earth From Space
We’d like to share this NOVA video with you because it provides a remarkable summary of the planetary processes that satellite photography has unveiled. WHRC relies heavily on satellite photography as our researchers study climate change. Described as “the last bastion of human discovery,” it examines interactions between vast systems — oceans, the continents, the atmosphere and even the sun. This engaging two-hour feature makes for an excellent class project, or some good, informative Sunday evening viewing.

How to feed the world in 2050: actions in a changing climate
This video by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), is an outstanding summary of world food production mapped according to increasing climate change. “To be sustainable within the long term, the world must stay within certain limits.” This six-minute video demonstrates the maximum amount food we can grow within a changing climate, on every bit of available land—science at is best.

Science Bulletins: The Ecology of Climate Change
The boreal forest, which stretches across northern latitudes just south of the Arctic Circle, is a key region for studying climate change—and not just the impacts. Follow WHRC deputy director and senior scientist into Alaska’s boreal forest to learn more in this American Museum of Natural History eight-minute video.

A how-to guide to restoring tropical forest
A SciDevt.net produced five-minute video that examines a boots-on-the-ground process of how to restore tropical forest. Through numerous experiments, the Forest Restoration Research Unit at Chiang Mai University, Thailand, have found ways to optimize seedling vigor and health. They have developed an efficient way to restore tropical forest ecosystems, with advantages for biodiversity conservation, environmental protection and carbon storage.

Understanding the role of forests and deforestation on local, regional and global precipitations
“Forests in one country can generate rainfall in another.” Also relying on satellite photography, this four-minute Center for International Forestry (CIFOR) video explains how forests influence the water cycle.

Forest Man
This privately produced short documentary (15 minutes) shows how one man in India has since the 1970’s been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single-handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis, attracting elephants, rhino and tigers. This would make a very engaging high school class presentation. It contrasts human degradation with scientifically proven reforestation, along with benefits for climate change and biodiversity. Watch it!

Our Dying Forests
Produced by the Salt Lake Tribune, this eight-minute video not only speaks about the effect the pine beetle is having on forests because of climate change, but it also demonstrates exactly what a one-degree Celsius change in temperature does.

Climate Change: What Happens If The World Warms Up By 4°C?
What would happen if the Earth’s temperature rose by four-degrees Celsius? This two-minute Sky News production examines the question, and it factors in the thawing of permafrost, one focus area of WHRC research.

Understanding “Carbon Footprints” – Causes and Solutions
This three-minute video explains carbon-footprints, their causes and solutions for high-schoolers. Produced by the Alliance for Climate Education, a nonprofit that generates climate change Next Generation Science Standards curricula and multimedia.

What YOU Can Do About Climate Change
Reducing your carbon footprint just got easier. This video uses animations and humor to teach people how they can personally help prevent global warming. This is just one of the free educational products available in the “Climate Insights 101” series. Created by the Pacific Institute for Climate.

Climate Change Explained
This is a simple explanation of Climate Change: the heat from human emissions is roughly equal to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs every day. Historically, every time carbon dioxide levels increase in Earth’s atmosphere, the average surface temperature increases, ice melts, and the seas rise.