Hurricane Resilience

Hurricane Resilience - a high school curriculum for coastal communities affected by hurricanes

Hurricane Resilience is a high school environmental science curriculum for use in coastal locations where hurricanes are common. Through 20 days of instruction, students make connections between the science of hurricanes, how they affect their community and region, and how we can plan for a more resilient future. Making local connections, students develop an understanding of 1) the risks that their community faces now and in the future due to hurricanes and tropical storms, 2) how sea level rise increases the risk, and 3) how our actions can help us be less vulnerable and more resilient. The curriculum unit aims to empower high school students to have a voice in resilience planning and understand the relationship between the science of hurricanes and the local impacts these storms have on people and places.

Three hurricanes in the Atlantic in 2017

Hurricanes in the Atlantic (Credit: NOAA)

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Associated Resources

Along with the curriculum (linked above), you’ll also need the slides and online materials linked below for each lesson.

PART 1
HURRICANES AFFECT US

1

Hurricane Headlines

 

3

Storm Stories

PART 2
HURRICANE

CHARACTERISTICS

AND FUTURE

PROJECTIONS

4

No Two Storms Are the Same

 

5

Hurricanes and Climate Change

 

7

Warmed-up Storms

PART 3

PLANNING FOR

HURRICANE RESILIENCE

8

Modeling Hurricane Impacts

 

9

Assessing Vulnerability & Risk

 

 

Dig Deeper

 

student pages

Digital Student Pages: Access digital versions of the Hurricane Resilience student pages within a Google Drive folder. Save a copy to your drive for use with remote learning or to save paper.

geography skills

Using ArcGIS with Hurricane Resilience: Learn how you can incorporate ArcGIS as students focus on the place-based components of the curriculum.

data analysis skills

The Storm Data That Students Analyze: Access the hurricane data and visualizations that students analyze in Lessons 4 and 7 of the curriculum and learn about the data sources. Data sets are available for seven regions so that you can customize the curriculum for your students.

Additional Hurricane & Resilience Resources

 

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The Hurricane Resilience curriculum was prepared by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) under award NA18SEC0080003 from the Environmental Literacy Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or the U.S. Department of Commerce. The UCAR Science Center for Science Education created this curriculum in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Laboratory and the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center in Houma, Louisiana.

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