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Coastal Management case study
After being presented with lecture material on coastal processes and engineering structures, students have small group discussions of a case study on whether a terminal groin should be built on a barrier island on ...

Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes
This is a two-part homework exercise. In the first part, students use on-line courseware from California State University, Los Angeles to investigate seismograph records. In the second part, students complete a ...

Analysis of USGS Discharge and Channel Geometry Gage Data
Analysis of USGS peak flow and streamflow measurements (velocity, channel geometry) data.

Diagnosing Landslide Hazard
Students investigate an active complex landslide with the purpose of characterizing the risk to nearby infrastructure. Students gain experience with field observation, mapping, and report writing. In addition, ...

Investigating the Effect of Warmer Temperatures on Hurricanes
Students investigate the link between ocean temperatures and hurricane intensity, analyze instrumental and historical data and speculate on possible future changes.

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

Tropical Cyclones and Global Change
This is a full semester project focusing on tropical cyclones and climate change for my undergraduate tropical meteorology class. It consists of five parts, outlined below.

Analyzing Hurricanes
The exercise uses GIS to explore historical data on hurricanes (path, strength, name). Students identify trends in hurricane records, the impact of hurricanes on major U.S. cities, and how hurricanes change through ...

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

The 1997 floods of Bozeman Creek, Montana
This project involved student provocation of community response along a local creek in response to accumulation of twice-normal winter snowpack in the winter of 1996-7.

Remote Sensing of Water
Teaching activity developed by John R. Jensen, University of South Carolina. Activity page submitted by Jerry Griffith, University of Southern Mississippi. Summary This lab exercise uses GOES and Landsat imagery ...

Use of GNOME to model oil spills
Tim Walsh, Wayland Baptist University Summary Using GNOME software (freely available from NOAA) students model various oil spill scenarios in the Galveston Bay area. Students adjust a variety of parameters ...

Measuring earthquake and volcano activity from space
This tutorial is based on real InSAR observations acquired over the Andes from 1992 to 2005. It will get the student acquainted with InSAR observations and basic concepts of space geodesy.

Mapping Plate Tectonic Boundaries
This activity asks students to explore a National Geographic map showing Earth's plate tectonic boundaries. The exercise lets the students examine relationships between plate tectonic boundaries and geologic ...

Investigating Earthquakes with ArcVoyager GIS
DATA: Recent and Historical Earthquake Data TOOL: ArcVoyager Special Edition GIS - Explore earthquake data and import them into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Analyze the data to predict where the next big earthquake will occur.

Eruption! is a volcanic crisis simulation model in which students role-play villagers, the governor, volcanologists, and the press, working to preserve their lives and homes from an active volcano. -

Yellowstone Fires
This module enables students to take a problem-based learning approach to wildfires, in particular whether a "let-it-burn" policy makes sense in Yellowstone National Park. -

Mapping Plate Boundaries
Students can discover plate boundaries by plotting different sets of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on maps. These are then stacked on the overhead projector, outlining the tectonic plates. -

Flood Frequency and Risk Assessment
Students calculate recurrence intervals for various degrees of flooding based on historical data. Students then do a risk assessment for the surrounding community.

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.

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