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Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students use topographic maps and tide data to predict coastline flooding associated with sea level rise.  In a companion exercise students predict the extent of flooding due to storm surge.

Concept: Sea level effects
The height of the ocean water (sea level) is affected by various physical forces and, in turn, affects coast lines.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces
Interactions of energy and matter

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Energy in the earth system
Origin and evolution of the earth system

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Natural Resources
Natural and hum-induced hazards

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 1. The Earth has one big ocean with many features (concept d) 2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth (concept e)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 12 Waves and Tides 12:15-16 
Chapter 15 The Dynamic Coast 15:18-25