As a teacher of high school or undergraduate Geography or Earth Sciences you can use this set of computer-based tools when teaching topics such as Hazards and Disasters: Natural and Man-made. This Lesson Plan focuses on sea level rise and associated flooding due to the melting of polar ice caused by climate change.

About 

Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Topic(s) in Discipline Hazards, Disasters: Natural and Man-made, Sea level rise, Floods, Melting of polar ice due to climate change
Location United States, California
Access Online, Offline
Languages English
Climate Topic Disasters and Hazards

Resources
Your current lesson plan can be augmented with the following resources:

 1. A short lesson plan including background information on how climate and the cryosphere influence each other, and the relationship between warming on planet earth and sea level rise and potential flooding of coastal regions.
 2. A computer-based laboratory exercise where students examine real data related to relative sea-level change for different areas of the Californian coast including Point
Reyes National Seashore. This activity will help students understand sea level rise, the rate of rise, and the reasons for its rise. Additionally, it will help students understand the shoreline response to sea-level rise.
 3. An online map, tools, and interactive visualization that visualizes vulnerabilities of coastal cities (e.g. the California coast) to sea level rise and flooding.
 4. A short video that discusses the social and economic costs of sea level rise
 Thus, the use of this toolkit allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Geography or Earth Sciences.
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Contents
A classroom lesson plan A short lesson plan including background information on how climate and the cryosphere influence each other,
and the relationship between warming on planet earth and sea level rise and potential flooding of coastal regions.
From the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College:
https://serc.carleton.edu/eslabs/cryosphere/6b.html
Computer-based Laboratory Activity This laboratory activity examines real data related to relative sea-level change for different areas of the Californian coast including Point Reyes National Seashore. It helps students understand sea level changes, rates of change, and shoreline responses to sea-level rise.

From the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College Laboratory Activity:

Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore (developed by Len Vacher, University of South Florida)
https://serc.carleton.edu/sp/ssac/national_parks/examples/35176.html

An interactive visualization tool Interactive Simulation, Maps and Visualization: Our Coast Our Future

http://data.pointblue.org/apps/ocof/cms/
http://data.pointblue.org/apps/ocof/cms/index.php?page=flood-map

Video NBC Learning: Changing Planet (duration: 6 min 21 sec)

How is sea level change documented. What are the social and economic impacts of sea level rise on coastal
communities.
http://www.nbclearn.com/changingplanet/cuecard/53460

 

Credits/Copyrights
1. A classroom lesson plan Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
https://serc.carleton.edu/eslabs/cryosphere/6b.html
2. Computer based laboratory activity Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Laboratory Activity: Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore,
developed by Len Vacher, University of South Florida
https://serc.carleton.edu/sp/ssac/national_parks/examples/35176.html
3. Interactive Visualization Interactive Simulation, Maps and Visualization:

Our Coast Our Future
http://data.pointblue.org/apps/ocof/cms/
http://data.pointblue.org/apps/ocof/cms/index.php?page=flood-map

4. Video  NBC Learning: Changing Planet ( Length: 6 minute 21 seconds )
http://www.nbclearn.com/changingplanet/cuecard/53460
5. Image The Mercury News

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