Lahar Risk Assessment
Students act as first responders assessing Lahar risks associated with eruptions. Teacher sets an alert placemark on the Google Earth web browser plug-in and gives students X minutes to decide whether to evacuate a down-slope town. Students collaborate by text messages.
Students learn to analyze a risk map, read the terrain slope, and collaborate in decision-making.
Methods of Geoscience Slope analysis, Superposition, Map Interpretation
Context for Use
This activity was first designed for a Geology for Civil Engineers course but also worked well in freshman Natural Disasters and could be easily adapted to many other settings. Students and teachers need only to be able to use Google Earth and a web browser.
Description and Teaching Materials
Lahar Risk Assessment Activity
Note: passwords will be available at the conference. Student instructions are embedded on the web page.
Teaching Notes and Tips
Teacher password gives access to features not seen by students. Teacher passwords will be available at the conference.
This activity proved extremely popular with students based on in-class discussion and evaluations. Students love the fast pace and slightly chaotic process of decision making in a first-responder, roll-playing setting.
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