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Author

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Videos, 6 minutes, 32 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

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

Format

YouTube Video

NJClimateWeek: Sea Level Rise

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Synopsis
  • This video details how and why New Jersey is more vulnerable to sea level rise than many other coastal areas.
  • The video also shows current efforts underway in New Jersey and what needs to happen moving forward in order to keep residents safe, informed, and ready to act.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Several New Jersey government employees are included in the video, which provide students with multiple perspectives. 
  • The video is very informative and includes graphics that will support visual learners. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have an understanding of how sea level rise is connected to global warming.

Differentiation

  • Social studies classes can use this resource in order to discuss the role governments can play in combating climate change. Discussion questions could include:
    • What steps has New Jersey taken?
    • What steps should be taken next? 
  • After watching this video, have students (individually, in groups, or in pairs) use the New Jersey Flood Mapper tool to explore a chosen or assigned area of the New Jersey coastline and answer the following questions:
    • From your understanding of the video, why is this part of New Jersey susceptible to flooding?
    • At what level of sea level rise is this area going to flood? 
    • What else did you learn from using the flood mapping tool?
    • What actionable items from the video could help the people living in this part of New Jersey?
    • In your opinion, what else should New Jersey, The United States, or the world do to combat sea level rise? 
  • Other related resources include this video about sea level rise in Boston, this activity about rising sea levels, and this data set that focuses on sea level. 
Scientist Notes
The video shows how sea level rise inundates coastal areas and other flood-prone zones in New Jersey and the intervention made by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to restore livelihoods and ecosystems impacted by floods and other natural disasters. It highlights funding and building of smart infrastructure as a key solution to tackle the impact of sea level rise on NJ populations. This resource is suitable for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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