Training on NOAA tools

Keren Bolter, Florida Atlantic University
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This activity brings to light existing tools for modeling coastal risk. These tools are mainly from NOAA, The outcomes are enhanced understanding of available resources, teamwork, presentation skills, and critical thinking. The tools include but are not limited to
Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience tool
NOAA County snapshots
NOAA Canvis
NOAA Habitat Priority Planner
NOAA Needs Assessment Guide
NOAA Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW)
NOAA SLR viewer
NOAA Coastal Planning Advisor

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Learning Goals

Content/concepts goals
The content of the activity is risk analysis, risk perception, measuring risk, coastal hazards, environmental planning, needs assessment
The concept goals are to understand how these things can be assessed using existing tools. This prevents duplicated efforts and provides a foundation for further inquiry

Higher order thinking skills goals
The higher order thinking skills goals involve data retrieval, prioritizing information, following training modules, and applying them

Other skills goals
This activity will help students to practice their group presentation skills

Context for Use

Type and level of course
This course is applicable to undergraduate and graduate level courses which explore any kind of coastal risk for resilience measurement concepts. The framework may be applied to any type of online tool for enhanced exploration and cognitive thinking. If a class is about to do a group project, this activity is perfect to introduce the entire group to a set of tools available for research Data collection/analysis

Skills and concepts students should have mastered
Concepts mastered would depend on the tool of choice, but a basic background of environmental issues with suffice in most cases

How the activity is situated in the course
This activity would be ideally to go on the syllabus, situated before the class commences on a big research project, whether it is individual or group

Description and Teaching Materials

This activity looks at open-source risk analysis tools to provide guidance on how to access and interpret data on socioeconomic risks, physical risks, and coastal vulnerabilities on the built and natural environment
Training for NOAA Digital Coast Tools (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 17kB Jun1 15)

Teaching Notes and Tips


You can have a checklist as you watch the students' presentations to see if they have answered the required questions and how well they understood their tool. You can also have the peers grade

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