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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 12 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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


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Health and Medical Lifelines Flood Exposure Analysis

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  • This video presents an analysis of the flood risk for hospitals, EMS stations, nursing homes, and other healthcare "lifelines" in New Jersey, which was completed by Tracy Glova, a graduate student at Rutgers University. 
  • The analysis uncovered hundreds of health and medical "lifelines" that are currently in flood zones, which will affect the state's ability to respond effectively during a disaster.
Teaching Tips


  • This video shows how climate change research can be used to mitigate future effects by influencing public policy and city planning.
  • Students in New Jersey are probably unaware of this issue facing their state.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The analysis in this video only includes New Jersey.
  • Students should already be familiar with flooding and its connections to climate change.


Scientist Notes
This video presents a research work conducted by Tracy Glova, a graduate student from Rutgers University on mapping the impact of climate change on medical facilities and lifelines. Using 100-year and 500-year floodplain projections, the study is important to mitigate current and future flood risk on medical facilities and to build climate resilience on the health outcomes of vulnerable communities. This is recommended for teaching.
  • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.6-8 Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
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