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NOAA

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, History, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Article
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Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan & Fox/Wolf Watershed (CESA 6, 7, 8)

Visualizing Flooding in Green Bay

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Synopsis
  • This article explores the nor'easter that ravaged Green Bay in April 1973, the nature of coastal floods, and the tools that can be used to convey flooding risks to coastal communities.
  • Students will learn about tools like CanVis and the Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard, which can help coastal managers, engineers, and citizens assess risk and plan for potential flooding dangers.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard was created by NOAA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • This article has two maps of Green Bay.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of climate change and how it relates to flooding.
  • Students need to know the following words: nor'easter, inundated, adjacent, erosion, infrastructure, and sustainability.

Differentiation

  • This article could support a classroom discussion on why climate change may, in the future, cause emigration from coastal areas.
  • This article could enhance a classroom discussion on how climate change affects infrastructure and why this matters.
  • This article could augment a classroom discussion on how governments could employ climate change adaptation strategies.
  • Engineering and science classes could use this article to connect to STEM career conversations, the need for new evaluations of flooding risk in coastal areas, and the ways that models and projections can be used to design safer and more resilient communities.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit describes visualization tools developed to help planners and property owners see potential flooding in Green Bay, Wisconsin. An April 1973 flood caused by a powerful nor’easter shows the risks of coastal flooding and the need for better ways to communicate flood risk. Visualization tools are introduced such as the Lake Level Viewer, which shows flooding extent on a map, and CanVis, which gives property owners a visual of what a flood event would look like at their property. Both can be found via links on the right hand side of the page, allowing students to see potential impacts across the Great Lakes. This resource shows how complicated hydrologic data can be expressed in a form that is useful for the layperson to aid them in building communities that are resilient to a changing climate. This is recommended for teaching.
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      • RI.9-10.3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
      • RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development and how they interact to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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    • Functions: Interpreting Functions (9-12)
      • HSF.IF.B.6 Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.
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    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
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