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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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Induced Seismicity in the United States
Danielle Sumy, University of Southern California
Danielle Sumy, Earth Science and Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California Summary As the population of the United States continues to grow, so does the demand for energy resources. Earthquakes in ...

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

Land Locked Community Impacted From Sea Level Rise 6200 Miles Away: Teaching an Audience Centered Approach to Risk and Resilience in Environmental Displacement
Carrie Nelms, University of Arkansas Main Campus
Carrie Helgeson Nelms, Environmental Dynamics, University of Arkansas Main Campus Summary The World Bank in 2008 identified five main climate change threats which are: droughts, floods, storms, rising sea level, ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, :Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geography:Human/Cultural
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards, Global/National Issue

The Story of Big Moose Lake: Resilience, Tipping Point, and Restoration
Bill Stigliani, University of Northern Iowa
Bill Stigliani, Center for Energy & Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa Summary Big Moose Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, lies downwind from the ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Non-Point Source Pollution, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Surface Water , Chemistry:Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards, Data, models, or simulations, Local Issue

Earthquake Scenarios: Evaluating Potential Ground Shaking and Damage
Carla Whittington, Highline Community College
Carla Whittington, Physical Science (Geology Program), Highline Community College Summary The Pacific Northwest lies along a convergent plate boundary called the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Within this tectonic ...

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

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

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, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology, Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability, 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:Natural Hazards, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Policy, Environmental Science, Engineering, Geoscience:Geology, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Sustainability, 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: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Sustainability
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: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience
Special Interest: Sustainability, 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:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience, Geography
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

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