Academic journal article Science Scope

Authors' Response

Academic journal article Science Scope

Authors' Response

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We would like to thank the journal editors for the opportunity to clarify the points that Mr. Gillette brings up, as we want to ensure that we are not contributing to misinformation regarding climate change. While what we said is not technically wrong, we can see how readers could make an incorrect inference regarding sea ice and sea-level rise given our text. It is correct that the melting of sea ice will not cause sea level to rise. Warming climates do cause a reduction in sea ice, an expansion of ocean water, and an addition to ocean water from the melting of land-based ice sheets and glaciers (Meier et al. 2007). We should have stated the following on page 80 of our paper:

"Students then navigate to the Arctic to view changes in sea-ice extent
from 1979 to 2010. Students will have been presented background
information about climate models and learn that [their results show
that increased melting of glaciers on land will lead to increasing
sea-level rise due to warming atmospheric temperatures. This warming
also reduces floating Arctic sea ice.] Students are then instructed to
display and measure the area of Arctic Ocean sea ice during three
years: 1979, 1990, and 2010."

We specifically chose to focus on the high-latitude Arctic environment and tropical coral reefs, as these are well-classified climate hot spots (Hare et al, 2011). It is important that students recognize that our warming climate has already caused significant global effects, such as a large reduction in the amount of high-latitude land and sea ice, and a degradation of low-latitude coral reefs. …

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