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How can clams, crystal balls, and Scotland’s snow patches help us tackle climate change?

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“Understanding the trends of weather patterns can help us to see when one-off events become patterns of climate change.” But how have we marked and measured that weather data?

Would you believe that reading a clamshell can potentially provide a few hundred years of information?

It’s not just any clamshell. In this National Museums Scotland video, three museum curators share how the long-living Arctica islandica clam, sunshine recording crystal balls, stereoscope images, and snow patches on Scotland’s mountains can help us better understand the changes in our climate.

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National Museums Scotland Senior Curator of Science Dr. Tacye Philipson, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary History Dr. Sarah Laurenson, and Curator of Invertebrate Biology Sankurie Pye introduce the details.

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Related reading: What 500-year-old clams can tell us about climate change.

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