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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 materials are free 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.
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Summary

Extreme storms have major impacts on the communities that lie in their path. Many climate models predict increased frequency of heavy rains and icing events, freak storms, and severe weather within the continental United States as a result of ongoing climate changes. In many locales, risk factors for such economically damaging events are no longer accurately predicted by historical trend analyses. In addition, such variables as time of year, tidal conditions, and temperature can exacerbate the severity of a storm's impact. A community's ability to respond to a major storm, and to exhibit resilience afterwards, depends on its capabilities in risk assessment, management, and preparedness. Because of the rapid pace of changes within the global climate system, preparedness for future risks now also depends on understanding that old paradigms about risk may no longer apply. New risk models must take into account complex and incompletely identified geosystem feedbacks. Community resilience, therefore, increasingly depends on adapting to an uncertain level of risk from weather extremes.


This module prepares students in many different disciplines to:
  • Use one or more high-profile events as case studies to illustrate storm-related risk and resilience measures.
  • Explore storm preparedness in a chosen region, with a focus on risk assessment, management, and resilience.
  • Analyze and apply information sources and data-handling methods, using case studies.
  • Conduct research on storm events and local impacts through various investigative, data-rich assignments.
  • Compile and review data relevant to assessing and managing risk for particular types of storm events.
  • Use a Town Hall Meeting approach to assess emergency-preparedness and potential resilience within a community.
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As a whole, this module provides an opportunity for students to engage in analyzing data, evaluating real-world solutions to mitigating risk from a natural hazard, and develop arguments from evidence about how to modify or refine those plans to better represent all stakeholders. The module could be easily adapted for any community that has a hazard mitigation plan in place, but is best suited to coastal communities.

A great fit for courses in:

  • Natural Hazards
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Earth Science
  • Public Policy
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Global Change
  • Disaster Management


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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.
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