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Author

MyCoast

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

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

MyCoast: New Jersey High Water

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map and citizen science project allows students to examine images and a map of flooding instances in New Jersey. 
  • The site allows for participants to explore other photo submissions and submit their own photos of high water events occurring in their community. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource allows students to recognize the impacts of climate change in their local communities. 
  • Students have the opportunity to collect their own data and contribute to a citizen science project. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Participants who submit their own photos must register to create a free account. 
  • Prior understanding or investigations about tides and "King Tides" may be helpful when examining this resource.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections can be made using the data in this resource to discuss environmental justice and the ways in which climate change can have unequal impacts on different communities. 
  • Science or engineering classes could examine this resource and then challenge students to develop solutions to mitigate flooding. 
  • This resource can be paired with this video about sea level rise in Massachusetts and this article about solutions for keeping communities safe from coastal flooding.
Scientist Notes
This resource documents photo galleries of King Tides, an exceptional flood event that occurs during a full or new moon cycle between May 24-26 every year. It is a good step taken by scientists and climate activists to capture current coastal flood risks to develop management strategies for impending flood events in New Jersey. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • 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.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.b.m Interpret patterns in a variety of maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information (contour, cartogram, population, natural resource, historical maps) and explain relationships among them.
      • SS.Geog1.b.h Interpret maps and images (e.g., political, physical, relief, thematic, virtual, electronic) to analyze geographic problems and changes over time.
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