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Unit 1: Hazard and Risk
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College; Josh Galster, Montclair State University; Joan Ramage, Lehigh University
Identifying the differences between hazards and risks is key to understanding how we react, mitigate, and live with natural disasters. This unit will begin with a discussion on identifying the differences between ...

Unit 5: Hurricane Risks and Coastal Development
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College; Josh Galster, Montclair State University; Joan Ramage, Lehigh University
This unit addresses changes in hurricane risks due to coastal development. Students will calculate the risks from hurricanes and how the hazards have changed (or not) from 1901 to 2010. Students will determine how ...

Case Study 6.1- Adapting to a Changing World
Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
In this activity, students consider how several communities are adapting to climate change-related problems including drought's impacts on agriculture, loss of assets due to climate-related hazards, freshwater ...

Using a Town Meeting Scenario to Explore the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy
Jennifer Haney, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
In this role-playing activity, students are assigned into groups which will explore specific roles related to Hurricane Sandy. A mock town meeting scenario where the community is requesting input for how to address the challenges of rebuilding their homes, businesses, and infrastructure allows for the class to learn more about the multiple perspectives, issues, and interests resulting from this devastating disaster.

Unit 2: Hurricane Formation
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College; Josh Galster, Montclair State University; Joan Ramage, Lehigh University
Hurricanes form as the atmosphere and ocean interact to transport a tremendous amount of energy. Students will read about the conditions necessary for hurricane formation, how a hurricane evolves at sea, how it ...

Calculating sea level changes
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami

Unit 6: Predictions and Evacuation
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College; Josh Galster, Montclair State University; Joan Ramage, Lehigh University
Students watch a video and read about past evacuations, including a premature or unnecessary evacuation, a late or botched evacuation, and about people determined to stay put no matter what. Students participate in ...

Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): New Orleans
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
This is an activity that uses the spreadsheet program Excel to explore the origins of subsidence in New Orleans. There are two versions. The first is a traditional Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum (SSAC) module ...

Research project to consider how projected climate change will impact a region of interest to the student
Susan Kaspari, Central Washington University
Students consult the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chapters on climate projections and the primary scientific literature to write a research paper and present their results to the ...

Is There a Trend in Hurricane Number or Intensity?
Todd Ellis, Western Michigan University
This lab guides students through an examination of the hurricane record to determine if there is a trend in hurricane intensity over the past 40 years and introduces some issues related to statistics and ...

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