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Introductory Activities

Investigating Coastal Community Vulnerability Around the World

In Module 1 you will:

  • Summarize an introductory article about coastal cities and risk from floods in Time Magazine
  • Use data from a report published in Nature Climate Change that ranks coastal cities according to their relative risk levels to learn more about what coastal risk and vulnerability means
  • Explore selected coastal cities using Google Earth to analyze and record certain parameters such as elevation and population density.
  • Use free GIS tool GeoMapApp to create elevation profiles in the selected cities.
  • Use the data from these spatial analysis tools to make comparisons between cities
  • Summarize you results

The following activities will help you complete the assessments in the Case Studies in the next section of this module. To get started, click the first link below or use the menu.


These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
Explore the Collection »