This Vox video discusses the current and future challenges of sea level rise in New Jersey, including the importance of wetlands like the New Jersey Meadowlands in mitigating flooding.
Although chronic flooding might not become an issue for years in some locations, the video stresses that cities in many parts of the world will need to start planning and preparing now for substantial amounts of sea level rise.
The maps are very helpful in understanding the risk of flooding from tides, storms, and rain events in New Jersey.
The video discusses the impact of flooding on the rail system in the Northeast and how sea level rise will make flooding issues more common for many types of transportation in the near future.
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Students should be familiar with terms such as tides, prevention, adaptation, and retreat.
Biology and environmental science classes could use this video for lessons about coastal ecosystems, land use changes, the functions of ecosystems, and the impacts of climate change on oceans and water cycle.
Advanced students could research sea level rise adaptation strategies in other cities and countries around the world.
The video underscores how coastal communities are probably threatened by persistent flooding and could be underwater in the coming years. It proffers adaptive strategies and contingency measures to build resilience against sea level rise and other extreme events. This resource 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.
ETS1: Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
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.