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Teaching about Risk and Resilience Real-world Examples

These real-world example descriptions have been submitted by faculty from a range of disciplines as part of the 2014 workshop: Teaching about Risk and Resilience.


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Resilience: The Teton Dam Disaster of 1976
Robert Clayton, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Robert Clayton, Geology, Brigham Young University-Idaho Summary On June 5, 1976, the 300-foot tall earthen Teton Dam in eastern Idaho failed, destroying several communities. The response and recovery of the ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Engineering, Geoscience:Geology, Environmental Science:Policy, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

Flooding in Ottawa, IL
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College
Michael Phillips, Natural Sciences & Business, Illinois Valley Community College Summary Ottawa, Illinois, was incorporated in 1853 at the confluence the Illinois River and the Fox River and along the Illinois ...

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

10 March 2011; Parallels between northern Japan before the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and the Pacific Northwest of the United States
Andrew Moore, Earlham College
Andrew Moore, Geology, Earlham College Summary The 11 March 2011 Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami struck probably the most tsunami-ready coastline in the world. That 16,000 people were killed represents, ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

Homeless Shelters Preparing for Hurricane Sandy
Marc Settembrino, Southeastern Louisiana University
Marc Settembrino, Sociology and Criminal Justice, Southeastern Louisiana University Summary Disaster research has traditionally examined how housed individuals and families prepare for events such as hurricanes. ...

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geography
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

Social Amplification of Risk Framework applied to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita
Tatjana Hocke-Mirzashvili, James Madison University
Tatjana Magdalena Hocke-Mirzashvili, James Madison University Summary In 2005, thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees relocated to Houston, TX. With a temporarily changed city-scape and the pictures of New ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Policy, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Sociology, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

Emergency Support Functions & The Incident Command System
J. Kyle Bryant, US Environmental Protection Agency
J. Kyle Bryant, Superfund/Response Support Corps, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Summary The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has as it's mission to "Protect Human Health and the ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

Adaptation to Drought Conditions
Mary Anne Carletta, Georgetown College
Mary Anne Carletta, Biological Sciences, Georgetown College Summary The drought of 2012 covered over 60% of the lower 48 states of the U.S. Some areas of the country still have lingering effects from that period ...

Subject: Geoscience:Soils, Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Drought, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

Acid Mine Drainage in Lower Salem, OH
Tej Gautam, Marietta College
Tej Gautam, Petroleum Engineering and Geology, Marietta College Summary Acid mine drainage problem is very common in coal mining areas. Mine waste usually has pyrite mineral. Chemical reaction of pyrite with water ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Surface Water , Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Groundwater , Point Source Pollution, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Sustainability, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Contaminant hydrology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Sustainability, Local Issue, Hazards

30 homes lost, lessons learned from the 2005 Santa Clara Utah river flood
Kelly Bringhurst, Dixie State College of Utah
Kelly Bringhurst, Physical Sciences, Dixie State University Summary Water availability in the desert southwest is sporadic, alternating between years of drought and occasional heavy periods of precipitation. ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes
Special Interest: Hazards, Sustainability

Teaching risk and crisis communication in the context of natural disasters
Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University
Bruno Takahashi, School of Journalism and Department of Communication, Michigan State University Summary Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded on Earth, pummeled the Philippines in November ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Sociology, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

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