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


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, USA - South, USA - Midwest, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

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  • This interactive resource allows students to view and build maps of the United States with data about coastal flooding hazards, vulnerable populations, infrastructure, and ecosystems. 
  • Students can search for addresses and zoom in on specific coastal neighborhoods to view the data for each region. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students can learn more about each layer by clicking on the information (i) icon.
  • Students can save, export, and share the maps they create.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The legend button is located at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Some of the layers are difficult to see together, but students can change the color gradients to make it easier to differentiate between the layers.


  • Geography classes could look at the development patterns and discuss how risk of flooding has impacted more recent development. Students could consider the following questions:
    • Should people develop areas that FEMA has identified as flood zones? 
    • What should happen to established neighborhoods that are at high risk for frequent flooding?
    • Why might people choose to live on the coast?
  • Science classes could layer "coastal flood hazard composite" with "potential pollution sources" and discuss how flooding could impact areas that overlap. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this video from WION on rising sea levels in New Jersey, this Vox video on building a sea wall to protect New York, and this article and video about flood prevention in Venice and Holland. 
Scientist Notes
This is a map that shows the level of coastal flooding from tsunamis, storm surges, and sea level rise in the USA. This is relevant to respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters. This is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.6-8 Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.6.6-8 Explain how the physical and human characteristics of places and regions are connected to human identities and cultures.
      • D2.Geo.9.6-8 Evaluate the influences of long-term human-induced environmental change on spatial patterns of conflict and cooperation.
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