Climate Change, After the Storm

This 3-activity sequence addresses the question: "To what extent should coastal communities build or rebuild?" The activity uses social science and geoscience data to prepare an evidence-based response to the question, in targeted US coastal communities.

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Jeff Thomas
Scott Linneman
Jim Ebert
Central Connecticut State University; INTEGRATE project

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Although these three activities would occupy a large amount of class time if used in their entirety, specific parts can be excerpted as needed for a given class. For example, Part 1 leads students through an excellent introduction to climate change and sea level rise. Similarly, parts 2 and 3 assume that students have learned the basics of climate change and takes them into finer detail about the factors that contribute to vulnerability of coastlines. The process of creating a position paper could be applied to many types of issues and assignments.

Teaching tips for each activity are provided. They suggest where group vs. individual work is most appropriate, where instructors may need to provide additional guidance, etc.