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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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Locating the Epicenter of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake & Planning Ahead
Ana Garcia-Garcia, Monterey Peninsula College
Ana Garcia-Garcia, Earth Sciences, Monterey Peninsula College Summary This activity uses real data from 7 seismographs across Southern California to identify the location of the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes
Special Interest: Hazards

Flood Risk in Boulder, Colorado
Adelle Monteblanco, University of Colorado at Boulder
Adelle Monteblanco, Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder Summary As evident by the September 2013 floods and history of wildfires, the mountain community of Boulder, CO is a uniquely vulnerable location. ...

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

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

Ocean Acidification and the West Coast of North America
Richard Rueb, Clackamas Community College
Richard Rueb, Science, Clackamas Community College Summary The world's oceans are becoming increasingly acidic as a result of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The coastal waters of the West ...

Subject: Economics, Environmental Science, :Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Marine Resources, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources, Geoscience:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Biogeosciences
Special Interest: Sustainability, Local Issue, Hazards, Global/National Issue

Emergency Support Functions & The Incident Command System
J. Kyle Bryant, U.S. 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, :Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards

Flooding from Tropical Storm Lee in Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Haney, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Jean Haney, Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Summary In September 2011, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped significant amounts of rain ...

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards
Special Interest: Local Issue, Hazards

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

Real World Example: Newtown Creek Superfund Site, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York
Lorraine Motola, Metropolitan College of New York
Lorraine Motola, Emergency & Disaster Management, Metropolitan College of New York Summary Regional threats and vulnerabilities to Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York, which sits across the East River, due east of ...

Subject: Environmental Science, :Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology
Special Interest: Hazards

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