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Rivers: Short In-class Activity
Images of the James River in Virginia, including one at flood stage, and of potholes, all of which can be used to have the students make observations, estimates, and interpretations. -

Reducing Volcanic Hazards to People and Property - An Assignment with Electronic Peer Review
This electronic peer review exercise has students discuss the major volcanic hazards and risks to humans. -

VEPP: Monitoring the Pu'u 'Ō'ō Eruption of Kīlauea Volcano Using Geochemical, Deformation and Seismicity Timeseries Data
Pu'u 'O'o at the end of episode 32 (USGS photograph by J.D. Griggs, 4/22/85, JG5363). This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back ...

Natural Disaster Risk at Home
Students analyze the natural disaster threat and potential mitigation techniques of their (family) home.

Forecasting Lake Effect Snow in Lake Superior region
This exercise is designed to present the realistic problems of forecasting weather. Lake effect snows are hard to forecast because they depend on information that isn't part of the regular set of information ...

Climate Change and Atlantic Hurricanes: A GIS Inquiry
Students make hypotheses about how hurricane numbers, locations, or intensities have been changing, and then use hurricane tracks, wind speed, barometric pressure, and dates to test their hypotheses.

Tropical Cyclones, Sea Surface Temperature, and Beyond
The activity will use historical data of sea surface temperature and tropical cyclone origin and/or tracks to identify trends. Students use Arc GIS to explore projected SST changes and predict areas where tropical ...

Swimming in Oil: The Impact, Aftermath and Alternatives to Oil Spills
Michelle Kinzel, San Diego Mesa College Summary This activity introduces students to basic functions and features of ArcGIS software and explores principles of a GIS and data set manipulations, using observational ...

Coastal Flooding Assessment
Eric B. Grosfils, Pomona College Summary Students are introduced to Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst, and use these tools to perform a flooding analysis for the Long Beach area of California. Context Type and level ...

Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): New Orleans
This is an activity that uses the spreadsheet program Excel to explore the origins of subsidence in New Orleans. There are two versions. The first is a traditional Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum (SSAC) module ...

Natural Hazards Term Project
Students apply the concepts learned in the class by preparing two (2) term projects discussing two natural hazards and how they impact the area where the student lives (or an area the student might like to live ...

Flood Frequency Analysis
This assignment asks students to do a flood frequency analysis to determine the size and stage of various floods and determine if the town of Crawford, OH is likely to be flooded or not. Outcomes: learn to work ...

Flood Recurrence Intervals
This lab activity has students use stream discharge data obtained from the USGS Water Resources Division web site in order to calculate recurrence intervals for a local stream. Using the recurrence data generated, ...

Mapping Hurricanes - Working with Digital Vector and Raster Data Sets
Scott White, Fort Lewis College Summary This lab exercise shows students how to create a map of the track and winds of a hurricane. Hurricane Jimena from 2009 is examined using both vector and raster data. Context ...

1996 Grand Canyon Flood Analysis
Mark Manone, Northern Arizona University Summary Analyze the effect of a 1996 controlled flood on a sandbar in Grand Canyon. This exercise uses Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst Context Type and level of course ...

VEPP: Using the VEPP website in an introductory geology course: an investigation of the July 21, 2007 eruption of Pu'u O'o
Introductory geology students will use geologic data obtained from the VEPP website (tilt and seismic) to identify and interpret changes during the July 21st, 2007 eruption of Pu'u 'O'o.

Lab 3: Normal Climate Patterns
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives × Winter and summer ...

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VEPP: Part 1: Volcanic Hazards and Risk; Part 2: Monitoring an Active Volcano
Please contact the author if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. This is an applied in-class exercise designed to have students evaluate monitoring data. The students, broken into groups of 4, will ...

Unit 3: Hurricane Tracks and Energy
The purpose of this unit is to learn some of the scientific tools used to determine hurricane location, path, and strength. Students plot the path of a recent hurricane (Irene, 2011), work with an online viewer to ...

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Unit 4: Hurricane Impacts
This unit has three options for 40-minute activities that address hurricane impacts. Alternatively, if time allows, all three could be used in sequence. Activity 4.1 includes a presentation on the terrestrial ...

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