Anna Tary

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Dept. of Natural and Applied Sciences
Bentley University

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Floods over time: death vs. destruction part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
In this lab exercise, students investigate trends of lives and dollars lost in the United States due to major floods during 1900-1979. With a given dataset (see page 48 in USGS paper at link), they calculate flood losses in both dollars and loss of human life by decade, and graph their results. Students then analyze their graphs by comparing the two trends. The are asked to establish reasons for each trend, using information provided in lecture about population and socioeconomic change, and flood prevention, prediction and mitigation efforts in each of the decades graphed.


Natural Disasters part of Quantitative Skills:Courses
This course introduces the concept of natural physical processes as disasters in which members of a society are harmed. Examines the origins, prediction/forecasting, effects, and mitigation efforts of some commonly known natural hazards in the world such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods and severe weather, each of which is discussed in both a scientific and sociologic context, using case studies where possible.

Other Contribution

Geologic Hazards and Hostile Environments at Metropolitan College of Boston University part of Math You Need:Implementations
Instructor: Anna Tary Enrollment: 10-20 Challenges to using math in introductory geoscience Boston University is a large urban university comprising 17 schools and colleges, with >30,000 undergraduate and ...

Events and Communities

Infusing Quantitative Literacy into Introductory Geoscience Courses Workshop Participants