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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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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

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

Coastal Vulnerability in Rural Maine
Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College
Eileen Johnson, Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College Summary This case was developed as part of a year long independent study with students. It examines the vulnerability of coastal communities, specifically, ...

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: 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

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

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

2009 L'Aquila Earthquake
Amber Kumpf, Muskegon Community College, MI
Amber Kumpf, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Muskegon Community College Summary L'Aquila is a city in central Italy with a population of around 68,000 people. The medieval city has a rich cultural history ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

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


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