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Rutgers Climate Institute


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, History, Engineering

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North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey


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Historic Preservation and Climate Change

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  • This video from the Rutgers Climate Institute focuses on the research done by Amanda O'Lear, a graduate student at Rutgers University. 
  • Her research found that almost all of New Jersey's historic sites are at risk of flooding.
  • Her research categorizes these sites by flood risk and can be used to prioritize safety measures for the historic sites most at risk. 
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  • This short video shows that young people can make important discoveries and impact their society.
  • The video uses graphics, research articles, and interviews to make the video engaging and credible.

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  • Students should be familiar with academic research and articles.


Scientist Notes
This video presents research work done by Amanda O'Lear, a Rutgers University graduate student on flood risk mapping using archival data from FEMA to determine the impact of flooding on historical infrastructure and the potential risk in future. The method adopted to re-classify the potential risk to show the most vulnerable sites to prioritize for intervention is suitable. Thus, this resource is insightful and recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-12.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 1 (F3): Students understand the ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in the United States and in the American political system, as well as examples of other forms of government and political systems in the world by describing the purpose, structures, and processes of the American political system.
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (D3): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by describing the major regions of the Earth and their major physical, environmental, and cultural features using a variety of geographic tools, including digital tools and resources.
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