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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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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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Landuse Planning in Landslide Country: The Washington State Oso Slide
Rebekah Green
Rebekah Green, Environmental Studies, Western Washington University Summary On March 22, 2014 a massive section of steep slopes above the Stilliguamish River in Snohomish County, Wash, slid downward in a ...

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


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