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Author

Grist

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Economics, Engineering

Regional Focus

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

Format

YouTube Video

Inside a City Redesigned for Superstorms and Sea Level Rise

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  • This video from Grist shows how the city of Hoboken, New Jersey redesigned the city's infrastructure after Hurricane Sandy caused major flood damage in 2012. 
  • Students will learn why the National Flood Insurance Program is not sustainable and how disaster relief money could be better spent on flood resistance infrastructure such as building seawalls, underground stormwater tanks, and pumping stations. 

Positives

  • The video description section offers a number of links to sources that provide more information on the topics discussed in the video.
  • The interview with Hoboken's mayor will help students understand the situation that many coastal communities now face.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will benefit from locating Hoboken, New Jersey on a map to better understand its location and challenges.
  • The video provides a very brief description of the National Flood Insurance Program, but most students will need more background information on the program to understand how it works.

Differentiation

  • Geography classes could identify other coastal towns and cities that suffer from storm surge flooding and research whether or not they have flood prevention plans.
  • Engineering and design classes could design their own flood prevention proposal for a real or fictional coastal city.
  • Ethics classes could discuss how economic disparity results in some cities being able to invest in flood prevention infrastructure, while other cities find themselves in an endless cycle of flooding and rebuilding.
  • Other resources on this topic include Why Climate Change Makes Extreme Weather WorseIke Dike, and Solutions Can Protect Coastal Communities.
This 5-minute video looks at a few examples of cities that have experienced major flood events and their strategies for adapting and anticipating future flooding. This is a short, clear resource with sources provided in the video description. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Science
    • 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.
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