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


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Health, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Data
  • Article

Regional Focus

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

Climate Snapshots

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  • This resource provides five different climate change risk reports (built infrastructure, critical assets, natural and working lands, public health, and vulnerable populations) for every city in New Jersey. 
  • The reports provide a wide variety of data, graphs, and links to various interactive maps. 
Teaching Tips


  • The reports do a good job of explaining the potential climate change risks that are specific to the cities in New Jersey.
  • The reports provide demographic information and a number of public health metrics to help cities protect their most vulnerable populations.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the subject of climate change and should understand that climate change risks will vary depending on whether or not humans are able to stop emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made between social studies, science, health, and math classes. This resource shows how climate change affects all areas of life for New Jerseyans.
  • English language arts could have students read the five snapshots for their municipality. Students could use the information to write a paragraph explaining the main risks of climate change in their community. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this ClimateScience resource on climate adaptation, this interactive MIT resource about climate risks, and this article on climate change in New Jersey.
Scientist Notes
This resource screenshots and maps the impact of climate change on built infrastructure in New Jersey. It provides a good understanding on the potential climate risk to enable households to respond to stress through creating site-specific adaptation plans and climate solutions. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.2.6-8 Evaluate the credibility of a source by determining its relevance and intended use.
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.1.9-12 Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of local, state, tribal, national, and international civic and political institutions.
    • 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.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
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