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

Ocean Acidification and the West Coast of North America
Richard Rueb, Clackamas Community College
Richard Rueb, Science, Clackamas Community College Summary The world's oceans are becoming increasingly acidic as a result of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The coastal waters of the West ...

Subject: Geoscience:Biogeosciences , Oceanography, Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Marine Resources, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Economics, Environmental Science, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources
Special Interest: Hazards, Sustainability, Global/National Issue, Local Issue

2009 Disastrous landslides in Nilgiris
Dr.G.P.Ganapathy
Dr.G.P.Ganapathy, Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management, VIT University, Vellore Summary Landslide hazard is one of the most significant hazards that affect different parts of India every year during the ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Special Interest: Sustainability

Earthquake Scenarios: Evaluating Potential Ground Shaking and Damage
Carla Whittington, Highline Community College
Carla Whittington, Physical Science (Geology Program), Highline Community College Summary The Pacific Northwest lies along a convergent plate boundary called the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Within this tectonic ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, 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

Land Locked Community Impacted From Sea Level Rise 6200 Miles Away: Teaching an Audience Centered Approach to Risk and Resilience in Environmental Displacement
Carrie Nelms, University of Arkansas Main Campus
Carrie Helgeson Nelms, Environmental Dynamics, University of Arkansas Main Campus Summary The World Bank in 2008 identified five main climate change threats which are: droughts, floods, storms, rising sea level, ...

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Environmental Science, Natural Hazards, Geography:Human/Cultural, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change
Special Interest: Hazards, Sustainability, Global/National Issue

Key Biscayne: An Island Paradise in Jeopardy?
Julie Lambert, Florida Atlantic University
Julie Lambert, Teaching and Learning, Florida Atlantic University Summary Overview The Village of Key Biscayne is located in Miami-Dade County on the island of Key Biscayne. It is located ~5 miles off the coast of ...

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Sustainability
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

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

Social Amplification of Risk Framework applied to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita
Tatjana Hocke-Mirzashvili, James Madison University
Tatjana Magdalena Hocke-Mirzashvili, James Madison University Summary In 2005, thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees relocated to Houston, TX. With a temporarily changed city-scape and the pictures of New ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Policy, Sociology, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather
Special Interest: Hazards, Sustainability


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