Cascading Land Surface Hazards as a Vehicle to Engaging 2YC Students: Discussion of needs and opportunities

Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm
Round Table Discussion


Eric Kirby, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, EarthScope Consortium

Although land surface hazards such as landslides and floods are typical fare in introductory courses, the idea of the hazard "cascade" with one event priming the pump for another is often missed. Sequences such as climate change > fire > debris flow > sedimentation & flooding are critical and highly visible concepts for students to understand about our changing world, yet few teaching resources explicitly address the "cascade." This roundtable with Center for Land Surface Hazards (CLaSH) leaders will introduce introductory undergraduate instructors to existing and upcoming opportunities and initiate a discussion about what other resources would help engage 2YC and other intro-level students in understanding surface hazard cascades in their region.