Hurricane Risk and Resilience for Staten Island, NY
Superstorm Sandy resulted in 23 deaths on Staten Island and caused extensive property damage. In this activity students will study hurricane risk and resilience on Staten Island. New York City has a hurricane history dating back to the 1600's. There is general agreement that "It is not a question of if, it is a question of when". This activity is an idea that I would like to develop for use in my own teaching.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Students will work with SLOSH maps, FEMA maps, topographic maps, hillshade maps, evacuation zone maps and population data. They will perform a risk assessment on Staten Island. Students can then investigate the pros and cons of various hard and soft stabilization projects.
Geology, Hurricane and Storm History of Staten Island, NY (Acrobat (PDF) 41.1MB Apr11 14)
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
Pendleton, Elizabeth A., E. Robert Thieler, S. and Jeffress Williams (2005) Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Gateway National Recreation Area (GATE) to Sea-Level Rise. USGS Open-File Report 2004-1257.