On YouTube: Discussing High Tide Flooding with NYC Students on BioBus Virtual Town Hall
Jamaica Bay / NYC - News

Brooklyn, NY, July 10, 2020 - New York Sea Grant's Coastal Resilience Specialist Helen Cheng recently took part in a virtual student town hall forum for BioBus, an organization whose mission is to help minority, female, and low-income K - 12 and college students in New York City discover, explore, and pursue science 

Cheng, whose position is a partnership with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, was a guest scientist on the topic of "New York City waterways" on the July 9th discussion. She was joined during the hour-long town hall by Rob Buchanan of Billion Oyster Project.

The audience, primarily made up of elementary and middle school students, made this quite the interactive talk. Students submitted a number of questions that Cheng answered live, including an explanation of "what is high tide flooding?" [time-stamped 21:21]. 

Recently, Cheng produced a "fast draw" video on high tide flooding, which typically occurs a few times a year during the new and/or full moons, when the moon, Earth, and sun are aligned, causing a stronger gravitational force, resulting in higher than usual tide levels. 

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Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

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