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Author

Rutgers Climate Institute

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Geography, Engineering

Regional Focus

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

Format

YouTube Video

What Causes Sea Level Rise and How Is It Affecting New Jersey's Coastal Communities?

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Synopsis
  • This video explains how rising temperatures lead to sea level rise and how sea level rise impacts coastal communities in New Jersey.
  • It advocates for democratic discussions to make the necessary decisions about the future of these coastal communities.
Teaching Tips

Positives 

  • It includes maps of coastal flooding along the Jersey Shore and expert interviews that explain the concepts clearly.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms infrastructure and land-use planning.
  • Students should know what is meant by deliberative democratic discussions when referring to climate actions and solutions.

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Scientist Notes
This video explores how extreme weather conditions accelerate sea level rise and, in turn, exacerbate tidal flooding and change land-use patterns in New Jersey's coastal communities. It recommends effective land-use planning, risk assessment, and improving physical infrastructure and technology to deal with communities under threat of flooding. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
      • Geography 2 (D1): Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and various world cultures, including Maine Native Americans, by summarizing and interpreting the relationship between geographic features and cultures of Maine Native Americans, and historical and recent immigrant groups in Maine, the United States, and the world.
      • Geography 2 (F2): Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and the world, including Maine Native American communities, by summarizing and interpreting the relationship between geographic features and cultures of Maine Native Americans, and historical and recent immigrant groups in Maine, the United States, and the world.
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