The Texas High School Coastal Monitoring Program Information and Activities
Activities and Exercises

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Additional Modules

The two modules below are from a group of modules created for a National Science Foundation grant called "Cataclysms And Catastrophes - The Role Of Science In Natural And Human-Induced Disasters". The purpose of the program was to create inquiry-based learning activities through a partnership involving K-12 teachers, graduate students and research scientists at the Institute for Geophysics and the Bureau of Economic Geology. The activities provide opportunities for teachers to use technology in science learning. For more information about Catastrophes and Cataclysms or for additional modules, please visit http://www.ig.utexas.edu/outreach/cataclysms/index.htm.

Hurricane!

Description: Students will use Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) surveys to characterize the capitol city of Honduras - Tegucigalpa. These data sets provide digital elevation maps which can be artificially flooded to simulate real-life disaster management scenarios for an urban setting. The data have been provided by the Bureau of Economic Geology. Students will learn:

  • To associate flooding and landslides with Hurricanes.
  • To become familiar with Geological Information System (GIS) software packages.
  • To relate model predictions to real-life scenarios.
Number of Activities: 2
Age-appropriate for: 10th-12th grade
Supplies Needed: paper, pencil, calculator, computer, internet access

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Coastal Zone

Description: The coastal zone is constantly changing. Wind, waves, tide, and currents are processes that have a daily affect on the beach and shoreline. Storms can have a dramatic and instantaneous effect on the coast that may take years to recover from. An understanding of the changes to the beach and shoreline gives insight to the processes that form them.

  • To associate flooding and landslides with Hurricanes.
  • To become familiar with Geological Information System (GIS) software packages.
  • To relate model predictions to real-life scenarios.
Number of Activities: 4
Age-appropriate for: 8th-12th grade
Supplies Needed: scissors, colored sticky dots, computer, PowerPoint software

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