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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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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

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

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

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

New York City and Hurricane Sandy's Storm Surge
David Kobilka, Central Lakes College-Brainerd
David W. Kobilka, Geoscience, Central Lakes College-Brainerd Summary Much has been written about how Hurricane Sandy's storm surge made landfall at high tide. Certainly everyone has an intuitive sense for ...

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

Historic Flooding in Atlanta, September 2009
Anne Hall, Emory University
Anne Larson Hall, Environmental Sciences, Emory University Summary "Epic flooding in Georgia, 2009," USGS Fact Sheet 2010-3107, confirms the level of destruction from floodwater experienced by Atlanta in ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Land Use and Planning, Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards, Quantitative


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