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Climate as Constraint
This classroom assignment and discussion guide presents the relationship between groundwater availability, use, and climate conditions. Students are asked to consider the possible implications of regional climate ...

Introduction to Texas Hurricanes
Students graph data from 20th century hurricanes that affected the state of Texas. Along the way they answer questions that ask them to interpret what they see represented on the graphs.

Determining Earthquake Probability and Recurrence from Past Seismic Events
A homework/classroom activity where students collect historical earthquake information and use it to forecast the probability of larger earthquakes.

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 ...

The Human side of geologic hazards
Students respond in a charitable way to geological or weather related disasters.

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 ...

Explore natural hazards in seismically active regions using geodetic, earthquake, and societal data.
Students conduct a regional seismic hazard analysis of a region of the United States of their choosing*. Using on-line data, they bring together and investigate the interaction of multiple types of data [ground ...

Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise
In this series of inquiry-based exercises about volcanoes and plate tectonics, students will collect, plot, and interpret data and finish with a role-playing activity and a virtual field trip. -

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

2011 Tsunami Propagation
This activity uses data collected from DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis) stations in the Pacific following the 2011 tsunami generated off the coast of Japan. Students are required to map the ...

Exploring Earthquake Hazards with GIS
This activity is a straightforward application of GIS to assessment of earthquake hazards. The students get more modeling skills with GIS and a better understanding of earthquake hazards.

Subduction Zone Earthquakes
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend several characteristics of subduction zone earthquakes. -

VEPP: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - A Restless Paradise
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. This activity is encompassed in a PowerPoint module (PowerPoint ...

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. -

Volcanic Histories
Students collaborate on the history and hazards of two volcanoes based on deposits from the two mountains. Appropriate for introductory students.

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