Today’s news item from NASA relates to this animation.
Suggested learning activities:
- Activity 1:
Ask students to write a voiceover for the film, demonstrating their understanding of the concepts involved.
- Activity 2:
Complete this sentence based on the film:
When rainforests are deforested, places downwind are left with more/ less/ the same amount of rainfall and greater/ less/ the same amount of flood risk.
- Activity 3:
Look at https://www.globalforestwatch.org/map and identify a Tropical region which has experienced deforestation in the last decade.
Look at http://earth.nullschool.net. What is the prevailing wind direction in that region?
Using https://www.google.com/maps, write a paragraph explaining how you think the water cycle has been affected by deforestation for a place downwind from the rainforest region you identified.
- Activity 4:
Having watched the animation, use https://www.globalforestwatch.org/map , http://earth.nullschool.net, http://www.srl.caltech.edu/personnel/krubal/rainforest/Edit560s6/www/where.html and https://www.google.com/maps to write a paragraph explaining how you think the water cycle has been affected by deforestation for a specific place downwind and/ or downriver from a rainforest region.
- Activity 5:
Having watched the animation, read these articles from Nature and NASA (noting that this predates the Nature article), NASA (2019), Geography Review (p22 – 25) and Carbon Brief.
Summarise the impact of tropical deforestation on the carbon and water cycles.