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

Key Biscayne: An Island Paradise in Jeopardy?
Julie Lambert, Florida Atlantic University
Julie Lambert, Teaching and Learning, Florida Atlantic University Summary Overview The Village of Key Biscayne is located in Miami-Dade County on the island of Key Biscayne. It is located ~5 miles off the coast of ...

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: 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, Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Quantitative, Hazards

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
Special Interest: Hazards

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

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, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Coastal Hazards
Special Interest: Hazards, Local 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:Surface Water , Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Natural Hazards, Chemistry:Environmental Chemistry, Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Non-Point Source Pollution, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Sustainability, Data, models, or simulations, 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, Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Drought, Environmental Science, :Soils and Agriculture, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards

2009 L'Aquila Earthquake
Amber Kumpf, Muskegon Community College
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 ...

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 ...


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