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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 ...

Particle Size Analysis, Soil Texture, and Hydraulic Conductivity
Joseph Asante, Oberlin College
Lab: Particle Size Analysis, Soil Texture, and Hydraulic Conductivity

Tsunami assignment
Klaus Neumann, Ball State University
Students read reports about potential sources for tsunamis on the US east coast and compare them with previously discussed dangers for the west cost.

Volcanoes Around the Globe
Mark Abolins, Middle Tennessee State University
Undergraduate non-majors use the Arcview geographic information system (GIS) to explore volcanic hazards and the geochemistry of volcanic rocks. Students explore geochemical data from the GEOROC global database and ...

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 ...

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 release a tremendous amount of energy. Students will read about the conditions necessary for hurricane formation, how a storm evolves at sea, how it gains or ...

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 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 ...


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