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Rutgers Climate Institute


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


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 17 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

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


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What Causes Sea Level Rise and How Is It Affecting New Jersey's Coastal Communities?

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  • This video explains how rising temperatures lead to sea level rise and how sea level rise impacts coastal communities in New Jersey.
  • It advocates for democratic discussions to make the necessary decisions about the future of these coastal communities.
Teaching Tips


  • It includes maps of coastal flooding along the Jersey Shore and expert interviews that explain the concepts clearly.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms infrastructure and land-use planning.
  • Students should know what is meant by deliberative democratic discussions when referring to climate actions and solutions.


Scientist Notes
This video explores how extreme weather conditions accelerate sea level rise and, in turn, exacerbate tidal flooding and change land-use patterns in New Jersey's coastal communities. It recommends effective land-use planning, risk assessment, and improving physical infrastructure and technology to deal with communities under threat of flooding. 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.
      • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.8.6-8 Analyze how relationships between humans and environments extend or contract spatial patterns of settlement and movement.
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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