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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 2: Storm Characteristics
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 ...

Unit 4: Hurricane Impacts
Lisa Gilbert (Williams College), Josh Galster (Montclair State University), Joan Ramage (Lehigh University)
This unit has three options for 40-minute activities that address hurricane impacts. Alternatively, if time allows, all three could be used in sequence. Activity 4.1 includes a presentation on the terrestrial ...

Unit 3: Hurricane Tracks and Energy
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College
The purpose of this unit is to learn some of the scientific tools used to determine hurricane location, path, and strength. Students plot the path of a recent hurricane (Irene, 2011), work with an online viewer to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Unit 6: Predictions and Evacuation
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College; Joan Ramage, Lehigh University; Josh Galster, Montclair State 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 ...

Hurricane Risk and Resilience for Staten Island, NY
Alan Benimoff, CUNY College of Staten Island

Exercise 5: The human impact of sea level changes, plus extensions to impacts of other natural events on human populations
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary In this eight-part exercise, students download NOAA high resolution bathy/topo DEMs and TIGER census data to predict the location of shorelines, the extent of ...

Student Lead Discussions: Articles from the Literature and Final Writing Assignment
Dave Dempsey, San Francisco State University
This is a two-stage assignment. The first stage is a student-led discussion of a set of closely related articles selected by the instructors from the climate change literature. The second stage is an 8-12 page ...

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