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9-12 Hudson River Ecology

Extreme weather plagues many parts of our region, and can have significant impacts on the tributaries flowing into the Hudson as well as the Hudson itself. Climate change predictions are that, in the northeastern US, we will see more precipitation, less snow and possibly more large storms. No matter where you live, increased storm flow rates impact waterways and low-lying areas that were and probably still are flood plains. Students will investigate the physical and chemical parameters of a waterway, discuss the impact of different types of land cover, and use data from Wappinger Creek collected before, during, and after a storm to examine the effects of storm water on a small stream. They will also be able to investigate the impacts of a warming Hudson River on various aquatic organisms, the impact of climate change on the Hudson River's flow rate, and the implications of more frequent hurricanes.

  • Grades: 9-12

    Students will know how increased carbon dioxide levels affect temperature and be able to graph and interpret data that demonstrates this relationship. 

  • Grades: 9-12

    Students will know how temperature affects aquatic organisms' metabolism and be able to graph data and interpret results from an experiment examining metabolic effects. 

  • Grades: 9-12

    Students will know how a stream changes during and after a storm and be able to create and/or interpret graphs demonstrating these changes. 

  • Grades: 9-12

    Students will hypothesize how a storm event might change the physical and chemical characteristics of a local stream and be able to collect data to support or negate their hypotheses and communicate these results to others.

  • Grades: 9-12

    Students will know how a large storm affects the flow of water in streams and be able to create a graph that explains their answers to this question.

  • Grades: 9-12

    Students will know how temperature changes impact organisms and ecosystems and be able to discuss several climate change-related impacts on the Hudson River ecosystem.