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.
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.
The analysis in this video only includes New Jersey.
Students should already be familiar with flooding and its connections to climate change.
In a civics course, students could be tasked with researching and proposing changes in public policy or city planning that would mitigate the flood risks presented in the video.
This video could be used in a geography course to demonstrate how human-induced climate change will affect city planning and land use, and how coastal regions will have to adapt to changing flood risk zones.
Students could perform their own mini-analysis based on the video by locating "lifeline" facilities near their home or school and determining their flood risk.
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.