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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, 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

Disaster Resilience 2015-2025: What will it look like in Cascadia?
Monica Gowan, Mayo Clinic
Monica Gowan, Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic Summary The current blueprint for global disaster risk reduction (known as HFA, or the Hyogo Framework of Action 2005-2015, Building the Resilience of Nations ...

Hazards, Vulnerabilities, and Risks in Kittitas County
Pamela McMullin-Messier, Central Washington University
Pamela McMullin-Messier, Department of Sociology, Central Washington University Summary Besides potential earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, well-known and experienced hazards to Kittitas County, WA include ...

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

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

30 homes lost, lessons learned from the 2005 Santa Clara Utah river flood
Kelly Bringhurst, Dixie State University
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, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Extreme Weather:Drought, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning
Special Interest: Hazards

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

Using the IPCC Report to Teach about Climate
Sian Proctor, South Mountain Community College
Sian Hayley Proctor, Geology, South Mountain Community College Summary I would like to create a real-world lesson using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change 2013 Summary Report. This ...

Tsunami scenario affecting California coastal communities (USGS SAFRR project)
Corrie Neighbors, University of California-Riverside
Corrie Neighbors, University of California, Riverside Summary Los Angeles is known for earthquake, wildfire, and mass movement (mudslide) hazards, but less emphasis has been placed on preparing for tsunamis. ...

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards


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