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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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Seismic Evaluation of Buildings
Dr.G.P.Ganapathy, VIT University, Vellore 632014, India
Check list to retrofitting of buildings based on Rapid Seimic evaluation of the buildings

Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Subject: Engineering, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes
Special Interest: Hazards

Usefulness of Google Earth/Wikimapia as risk predictor and damage/ resilience assessment tools
Charlene Sharpe, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Google Earth/Wikimapia tools for risk prediction, damage and resilience assessment.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geography, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Computer-Based, Hazards

Developing a risk communication strategy
Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University
This exercise will allow students to develop a comprehensive risk communication strategy.

Grade Level: Graduate/Professional

Know Your Audience! Audience Analysis Exercise to Increase Audience Centered Communication and Teaching of Risk and Resilience
Carrie Nelms, University of Arkansas Main Campus
This activity will help develop critical thinking skills in analyzing an audience to customize a risk assessment communication message toward their needs. With climate change disasters becoming more prevalent,scientist will benefit learning an audience centered approach to deliver an effective risk assessment message to a multi-diverse audience.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science, Sociology, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards
Special Interest: Hazards

Hurricane Katrina Flooding Activity
Marianne Caldwell, Hillsborough Community College
Students will use links from the NOAA and NASA website to learn about the meteorological characteristics and history of Hurricane Katrina and visualize the effects of the flooding by the hurricane on New Orleans.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geography
Special Interest: 2YC:Geo2YC, Computer-Based, Visualization, Hazards

Hurricane Risk and Resilience for Staten Island, NY
Alan Benimoff, CUNY College of Staten Island

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, Hazards

Risk Assessment and Regulation in Christchurch, New Zealand
Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
This activity encourages students to apply public policy and risk regulation concepts to the case of the Canterbury Earthquakes in New Zealand. Students review government websites, media reports, and first-person-narratives, analyze and evaluate policy responses, and consider alternate policy solutions.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Sustainability, Policy, Environmental Science, Political Science, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards, Sustainability

Looking for paleotsunami evidence: an example from Cultus Bay, Washington
Andrew Moore, Earlham College

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records
Special Interest: Hazards, Data, models, or simulations

Virtual Field Trip (VFT) to the USGS Earthquake Hazard Program - Connection between Plate Boundaries and Threats to Life
Carlos Nunez

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geoscience:Geology
Special Interest: Computer-Based, Hazards

Sea Level Rise and Adaptation
Daniel Spandau, DJS Consulting
Understanding the implications of Sea Level Rise (SER) on coastal communities and the coastal hazards associate with SER.

Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning
Special Interest: Sustainability, Global/National Issue, Hazards



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