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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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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

Earthquake Preparedness in Christchurch, New Zealand
Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Patricia Stapleton, Social Science & Policy Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Summary On February 22, 2011, residents of the then-second-largest city in New Zealand – Christchurch, located on the ...

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

Hurricane Storm Surge Hazards in West-central Florida
Marianne Caldwell, Hillsborough Community College
Marianne Caldwell, Geoscience, Hillsborough Community College Summary The low-lying coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico have been widely developed and support large populations. The beaches and waterfronts are ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Floods/Fluvial Processes, Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards, Local Issue

Sea Level Rise and Adaptation
Daniel Spandau, DJS Consulting
Daniel Spandau, DJS Consulting Summary Climate Change Preparedness in Boston - Although Boston has been considering climate change impacts since the early 1990s, these efforts accelerated in 2009 when Mayor Thomas ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

2009 Disastrous landslides in Nilgiris
Dr.G.P.Ganapathy
Dr.G.P.Ganapathy, Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management, VIT University, Vellore Summary Landslide hazard is one of the most significant hazards that affect different parts of India every year during the ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

Disaster Resilience 2015-2025: What will it look like in Cascadia?
Monica Gowan, Mayo Medical School
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 ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

Finding a Partner in a Disaster
Jun Zhuang, SUNY at Buffalo
Jun Zhuang, Industrial and Systems Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo Summary To illustrate the application of the proposed model in a practical environment, in the remainder of this section we will discuss the model ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

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


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