Teaching about Risk and Resilience Real-world Examples

These real-world example descriptions have been submitted by faculty from a range of disciplines as part of the 2014 workshop: Teaching about Risk and Resilience.


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Earthquake Preparedness in Christchurch, New Zealand
Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Patricia Stapleton, Social Science & Policy Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Summary On February 22, 2011, residents of the then-second-largest city in New Zealand – Christchurch, located on the ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

The Story of Big Moose Lake: Resilience, Tipping Point, and Restoration
Bill Stigliani, University of Northern Iowa
Bill Stigliani, Center for Energy & Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa Summary Big Moose Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, lies downwind from the ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Surface Water , Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Sustainability, Chemistry:Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Non-Point Source Pollution
Special Interest: Hazards, Data, models, or simulations, Sustainability, Local Issue

30 homes lost, lessons learned from the 2005 Santa Clara Utah river flood
Kelly Bringhurst, Dixie State College of Utah
Kelly Bringhurst, Physical Sciences, Dixie State University Summary Water availability in the desert southwest is sporadic, alternating between years of drought and occasional heavy periods of precipitation. ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

Landuse Planning in Landslide Country: The Washington State Oso Slide
Rebekah Green
Rebekah Green, Environmental Studies, Western Washington University Summary On March 22, 2014 a massive section of steep slopes above the Stilliguamish River in Snohomish County, Wash, slid downward in a ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

Finding a Partner in a Disaster
Jun Zhuang, SUNY at Buffalo
Jun Zhuang, Industrial and Systems Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo Summary To illustrate the application of the proposed model in a practical environment, in the remainder of this section we will discuss the model ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

Sea Level Rise and Adaptation
Daniel Spandau, DJS Consulting
Daniel Spandau, DJS Consulting Summary Climate Change Preparedness in Boston - Although Boston has been considering climate change impacts since the early 1990s, these efforts accelerated in 2009 when Mayor Thomas ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

Historic Flooding in Atlanta, September 2009
Anne Hall, Emory University
Anne Larson Hall, Environmental Sciences, Emory University Summary "Epic flooding in Georgia, 2009," USGS Fact Sheet 2010-3107, confirms the level of destruction from floodwater experienced by Atlanta in ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Land Use and Planning, Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water
Special Interest: Quantitative, Sustainability, Hazards

Tsunami scenario affecting California coastal communities (USGS SAFRR project)
Corrie Neighbors, University of California-Riverside
Corrie Neighbors, University of California, Riverside Summary   Los Angeles is known for earthquake, wildfire, and mass movement (mudslide) hazards, but less emphasis has been placed on preparing for ...

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes
Special Interest: Hazards, Sustainability

Using the IPCC Report to Teach about Climate
Sian Proctor, South Mountain Community College
Sian Hayley Proctor, Geology, South Mountain Community College Summary I would like to create a real-world lesson using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change 2013 Summary Report. This ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

Acid Mine Drainage in Lower Salem, OH
Tej Gautam, Marietta College
Tej Gautam, Petroleum Engineering and Geology, Marietta College Summary Acid mine drainage problem is very common in coal mining areas. Mine waste usually has pyrite mineral. Chemical reaction of pyrite with water ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Surface Water , Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Contaminant hydrology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Point Source Pollution, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Natural Hazards, Sustainability, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Groundwater
Special Interest: Hazards, Sustainability, Local Issue


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