For the InstructorThese student materials complement the Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society Instructor Materials. If you would like your students to have access to the student materials, we suggest you either point them at the Student Version which omits the framing pages with information designed for faculty (and this box). Or you can download these pages in several formats that you can include in your course website or local Learning Managment System. Learn more about using, modifying, and sharing InTeGrate teaching materials.
Dimension 1: Exposure
As defined above, exposure is the degree to which people and the things they value could be affected or "touched" by coastal hazards. Another way to think about exposure is as a combination of all aspects of the natural and built environment that affect the likelihood that people or things they value will feel the impacts of a natural hazard. (In contrast, sensitivity is the likelihood that these impacts will cause harm.) The level of exposure to a coastal hazard is generally defined by several components and measures, including: the physical characteristics of the hazard (such as its frequency and intensity); the presence or absence of landforms and human structures that could amplify or dampen the severity of the hazard; the location of people or things they value relative to the hazard; and the density of the people or things at these locations. You have already considered many of these factors earlier in the course, but they are reviewed below to help you understand how they contribute to exposure within our model of vulnerability.
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