BUILDING SEA-LEVEL RISE AND FLOOD RESILIENCE CAPACITY THROUGH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Coastal flooding and sea-level rise coupled with above-average regional socioeconomic vulnerability and rapid development is exacerbating hazard impacts in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In order to actively develop and execute resilience actions, it is imperative for future natural resource managers, elected officials, and voters to understand potential risks to their communities. This project aims to help create an informed and prepared coastal citizenry possessing the understanding and skills necessary to reduce coastal vulnerability to flooding and sea-level rise. Collaborating with area educators in coastal Alabama and Mississippi, the project will develop and refine an engaging, hands-on curriculum for 9-12th grade students pertaining to flooding and sea-level rise resilience and conduct outreach to support its use in classrooms and nontraditional educational settings throughout the region.
The curriculum developed from this project will enhance scientific and environmental literacy skills, competencies, and capabilities through the completion of four modules and one project. These modules cover the basics of flooding and sea-level rise, regulatory and natural solutions to sea-level rise and flooding, and synthesizing information to achieve community resilience through planning. Curriculum activities will culminate in a capstone project where students, presented with a realistic scenario, develop a resilient approach to address future sea-level rise. This project-based approach will deepen knowledge and understanding of coastal hazard science and enhance students’ ability to synthesize and integrate science-based information into decision-making.