Initial Publication Date: August 18, 2016

Teaching About Natural Hazards and Risk

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1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Presenters: Laurel Goodell (Princeton University), Lisa Gilbert, (Williams College), Tim Bralower, (Pennsylvania State University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


Natural hazards and risk are topics that showcase the interactions between geological processes and society. Teaching about these topics helps students see the connections between geoscience and their daily lives. This webinar will highlight teaching strategies and examples ranging from in-class activities to capstone projects that help student consider the local and broader societal impacts of hazards, and will also provide models for mitigating risk. InTeGrate authors, Laurel Goodell, Lisa Gilbert, and Tim Bralower, will discuss their modules "Living on the Edge: Building Resilient Societies on Active Plate Margins", "Natural Hazards and Risks: Hurricanes", and "Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society". The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences teaching about hazards and risk.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • teaching approaches for distinguishing between hazards and risk
  • an understanding of how hazards can have direct, local and broader societal impacts
  • specific examples of local and societal impacts
  • models for discussing risk mitigation


Time - 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion. 
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect. 
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration is now closed - We have reached the registration cap.

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Laurel Goodell, Geosciences, Princeton University

Lisa Gilbert, Geosciences and Williams-Mystic, Williams College

Tim Bralower, Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University


Teaching About Natural Hazards and Risk webinar powerpoint (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 11.2MB Aug31 16)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Distinguishing between hazards and risk – Lisa Gilbert and Laurel Goodell

3) Using hurricane forecasts to evaluate imminent risk and consider multiple perspectives in decision making – Lisa Gilbert

  • Predictions and making decisions with uncertain data
  • Deciding whether to evacuate - in-class activity

4) Using earthquake vulnerability to address value and risk – Laurel Goodell

  • School site evaluation – short class period
  • Quantitative risk calculation

5) Coastal Vulnerability Audit – Tim Bralower

  • Capstone project (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 563kB Aug18 16)
  • Application of key topics

6) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: How do you prepare students for the risks from natural hazards they may experience in their lifetime?

After reflecting for a moment, please use the chat to share something about where you are in your teaching, how you would move forward, and why this is a strong move. You can also enter questions for discussion into the chat at this time.

7) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about teaching about natural hazards and risk, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.

8) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

9) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 647.9MB Aug31 16).