In this video, students have the opportunity to learn about the Living Breakwaters project, which is an artificial oyster reef off the coast of Staten Island that helps to reduce coastal erosion and create habitat for some marine species.
The project could be replicated in many other areas to help protect coastlines and bolster marine ecosystems that are threatened by ocean acidification, pollution, and ocean warming.
Students should be familiar with the concept of erosion.
This resource presents an initiative for building coastal resilience and conserving marine ecosystems and resources. It is designed in a way that is replicable. Thus, the resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
3-ESS3-1 Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.
4-ESS3-2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.