Coastal Erosion Coastal hazard education resources Thawing permafrost, intensifying storms, rising sea levels, and reductions in shorefast sea ice are combining to wear away large sections of Alaska’s coast. Arctic western Alaska has become known worldwide for the impacts of coastal climate change. Selected curriculum Topic Grades Type Title Solving a Community Erosion Issue: (unit)…

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Changing Weather Patterns Coastal hazard education resources As the climate changes, we are seeing changes on the shorter term—weather patterns are changing seasonally. Oceans are warming and storms are becoming more severe. Selected curriculum Topic Grades Type Title Observing weather patterns K-2 Lesson Plan UAF REACH: How Do We Observe and Measure Weather? Collecting and…

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Marine Debris Coastal hazard education resources The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines marine debris as “any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned in the marine environment or Great Lakes.” Simply put, it’s trash in the water. Selected curriculum Topic Grades Type…

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Harmful Algal Blooms Coastal hazard education resources Some algae produce toxins and can reproduce rapidly to high concentrations. When filter feeders such as clams eat these algae, they accumulate toxins, which pass up the food chain to other animals, including humans, causing illness and sometimes death. Selected curriculum Topic Grades Type Title Plankton exist –…

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Resources for Coastal Hazard Education Organized by the coastal hazards faced by many Alaska communities These resources help support increased understanding and readiness to respond to the hazards that might occur. Also included are: Background information about each type of hazard Lesson plans Environmental monitoring protocols Logical sequences for teaching Partners Alaska SeaLife Center Center…

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Developed by partners in the Alaska CoastWatch for Action Project Marine and coastal K-12 educators collaborated to create this database. It is designed to help teachers and informal community educators engage youth in community resiliency, climate change adaptation, and mitigation of coastal hazards. Search and filter Next Generation Science Standards—NGSS alignments are available for most…

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Educator Resources Overview Educator Resources Database Searchable, filterable table of resources related to resilience, climate change adaptation, and mitigation of coastal hazards. Go to database Resources for Coastal Hazard Education Listed by hazard with background information, lesson plans, and environmental monitoring protocols. Hazards include: Changing weather patterns Coastal erosion Harmful algal blooms Marine debris Ocean…

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