Natural Hazards & Climate Change Risks
- Natural Hazards
- Climate Change
- Map Reading/Creation
Higher order thinking skills goals
- Describing how our use and management of earth resources are directly tied to responses in all spheres of sustainability (environmental, societal, economic)
- Analyzing locally-relevant data essential to addressing sustainability challenges
- Communicating scientific information with an awareness of audience and understanding of sources
Other skills goals
- Oral Presentation
- Small Group Work
Context for Use
Type and level of course
Undergraduate introductory non-majors course (~20-30 students); this was piloted in a freshmen only section in 2015
Skills and concepts students should have mastered
Before completing this activity student should be able to describe county-level climate trends from figures generated using the National Climate Change Viewer. They should be able to describe units, amount of change, and percentage of change (indicating that they are very likely to be able to successfully describe trends to the Emergency Management Agency). Students also should know the distinction between a natural hazard and risk as well as how to create maps using reliable data. This confidence is built through Unit 1 and 2 of the InTeGrate Module Map Your Hazards. They must also be given time to explore figures and identify which natural hazards are responding to climate change (e.g. floods) and which are not (e.g. earthquakes). Choosing locally relevant examples is helpful.
How the activity is situated in the course
This activity is completed after a sequence of exercises that provide time to master skills and concepts mentioned above. Students are given in-class time to work on this project.
Description and Teaching Materials
Risk, Natural Hazards & Climate Change Risks Assignment & Rubric (Microsoft Word 54kB Mar10 16)
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
This InTeGrate Module that provides students with skills needed to map natural hazards and associated risks.
The National Climate Change Viewer
The USGS tool provides county-level (and small watershed) climate & hydrologic change forecasts for multiple climate variables. This is a great tool for climate exploration at the management scale.
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