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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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Developing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Strategy
This page is authored by Rebekah Green, Western Washington University.
As a culminating assignment in Natural Hazards Planning, students work in teams to create 15-year mitigation strategy for a selected jurisdiction using the FEMA 386 methodology for prioritizing mitigation options.

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Subject: Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geography, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards, Student Selected Problem

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, Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes
Special Interest: Hazards, Local Issue

Using the pH Scale and Carbonic Acid Formation to Understand the Effect of Ocean Acidification on Organisms with Calcium Carbonate Shells.
Richard Rueb, Clackamas Community College
In this lab activity students use the pH scale and the reaction of carbon dioxide with water to understand ocean acidification and make predictions regarding the effect of ocean acidification on marine organisms by experimentally determining the effect of pH of calcite dissolution.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources, Geoscience, :Oceanography:Marine Resources, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Environmental Science, :Ecosystems, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change

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:Environmental Geology, Structural Geology
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, Local Issue, Hazards

Using a Town Meeting Scenario to Explore the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy
Jennifer Haney, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
In this role-playing activity, students are assigned into groups which will explore specific roles related to Hurricane Sandy. A mock town meeting scenario where the community is requesting input for how to address the challenges of rebuilding their homes, businesses, and infrastructure allows for the class to learn more about the multiple perspectives, issues, and interests resulting from this devastating disaster.

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards

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:Environmental Geology, Geophysics:Seismology
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, Hazards, Local Issue

Developing student literacy on risk, resilience, and strategies for living with disaster uncertainty
Monica Gowan, Mayo Medical School
In this guided research and critical thinking activity, students prepare a research paper comprised of two parts: 1) a "state-of-the-science" review and synthesis of selected literature from risk and resilience research (provided) and 2) a brief critical appraisal of how current knowledge is (or could be) applied to building disaster resilience in a real-world scenario. Part 2 will be set in a student-selected hazard context (coastal hazards, flooding, or earthquake), employment sector (academia, government, private industry, services, non-profit), and geopolitical sphere of influence (e.g., Resilience to earthquake disaster in the student population at Universidad de Lima, Peru).

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience
Special Interest: Hazards

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

Using GIS to Map Emergency Response to Municipal Flooding
Mary Anne Carletta, Georgetown College
Using GIS to Map Emergency Response to Municipal Flooding

Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, Hazards, GIS

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

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