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Teaching about Risk and Resilience Activities

These activities have been submitted by faculty from a range of disciplines as part of the 2014 workshop: Teaching about Risk and Resilience. The activities use a wide array of pedagogic approaches to address teaching about risk and resilience.


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Calculating Resilience, Tipping Points, and Restoration for Lakes at Risk from Acid Rain
Bill Stigliani, University of Northern Iowa
This activity is about the resilience of watersheds at risk from acid rain, how they can lose their resilience and become dysfunctional when a tipping point is transgressed, and how the ecosystem can recover as a result of natural replenishment processes and laws enacted to reduce pollutant inputs.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Chemistry:Environmental Chemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity
Special Interest: Local Issue, Hazards, Data, models, or simulations

Ground Shaking and Damage at Your House
Carla Whittington, Highline Community College
In this activity, students use a seismic hazard map from the USGS to estimate the ground shaking hazard in their community. The map shows a 10% probability of ground accelerations reaching or exceeding a certain % ...

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, Hazards, Local Issue

Field Trip to Explore Local Natural Disasters
Robert Clayton, Brigham Young University-Idaho
All on-campus Natural Disasters students at BYU-Idaho (1200 - 1800 students per year) go on a field trip to develop field observation skills. We visit the Teton Dam, Henry's Fork caldera (part of the Yellowstone hot spot track), and 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake area.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geography, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning, Hazards, Local Issue

Understanding flood risk at the community level
Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University
University level activity on floodplain risks. Uses FEMA maps and SERC river geomorphology videos.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards
Special Interest: Hazards, Local Issue

Evaluating natural hazards data to assess the risk to your California home
Corrie Neighbors, University of California-Riverside
Students use a series of maps and natural hazard data to evaluate the risk to a building structure of their choice in the state of California. For each hazard, students rate the potential risk in two dimensions: (1) Probability - probability that a hazardous event "may" occur, and (2) Severity of Impact - the size of the impact in terms of cost and impact on human health.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science, :Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards, Data, models, or simulations, GIS, Local Issue

The 2014 La Habra earthquake: Teaching Risk and Resilience in Southern California with Citizen Science
Danielle Sumy, University of Southern California
This exercise uses the example of the March 28, 2014 M5.1 La Habra earthquake to teach about earthquake risk and resilience in southern California. Students will examine seismic waveforms recording during the earthquake, as well as read reports from scientific agencies and news outlets to answer basic questions regarding earthquake risk and resilience.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Local Issue, Hazards, Data, models, or simulations

Evaluating Rainfall, Landslides, and Weather: Big Sur, California
Ana Garcia-Garcia, Monterey Peninsula College
This activity leads to understanding common landslide hazards in the area and how they relate to weather patterns and/or local geology.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes
Special Interest: Local Issue, Hazards



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