The following resources were excerpted from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Information Exchange for Marine Educators listing for November 2012:
Barrier Islands: To Build or Not to Build?
This Internet WebQuest Science website offers a task for students along with research resources and a teacher page. Students are tasked with developing an educated opinion as to whether or not people should build permanent structures on barrier islands. They learn about the geological and physical nature of barrier islands, and how barrier islands change over time.
Coastal Growth Related Publications
South Carolina Sea Grant offers links to many documents related to coastal growth, including land use, economic development, recreation and tourism, and more.
CoSEE SouthEast Barrier Islands and Estuaries
CoSEE SouthEast offers links to barrier islands and estuaries lessons, activities, and educational resources.
Estuaries 101 Curriculum
Estuaries 101 curriculum modules from NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System feature hands-on learning, experiments, field-based activities, and data explorations. Each module tells the estuary story through one of three domains - earth, life, or physical science.
Exploring the Environment – Hurricanes and More
The Exploring the Environment online series was developed at the NASA Classroom of the Future™ at Wheeling Jesuit University. The problems and activities in the modules ask students to address human activities and their impacts upon the environment.
The Severe Weather: Hurricanes! module is geared to students in grades 5-12. Other modules include water quality, global temperatures, and more.
Folly Beach Educator's Guide
This website, from COASTeam at the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math in South Carolina, is designed to offer basic information on South Carolina's barrier islands. The site contains introductory images, animation of coastal processes, and beach activities. http://oceanica.cofc.edu/
Historical Hurricane Tracks
The Historical Hurricane Tracks tool from the NOAA Coastal Services Center is an interactive mapping application that allows you to search and display more than 150 years of historical Atlantic Basin and East-Central Pacific Basin tropical cyclone data. This updated version allows you to query and display data by storm name, location, and even zip code.
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma
is developed and maintained by George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media and the University of New Orleans. The project has collected first-hand accounts of these hurricanes, along with archives of blog postings, podcasts, and on-the scene visual documentation. Visitors can browse an interactive map of images submitted to the archive and also add their own materials to the existing archive.
Hurricane Information for Educators - Miscellaneous
Resources from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Grades K-4, Storms: http://www.scilinks.org
Grades 5-8, Hurricanes: http://www.scilinks.org/
EE in Georgia – Hurricane Teaching Resources and Service Learning Opportunities: http://eeingeorgia.org/net/content/item.aspx?s=33997.5356.68.4863
Association of State Floodplain Managers white paper on rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina: http://www.Floods.org
Environmental Literacy Council: http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/258.html
Hurricane Andrew Lessons: http://octopus.gma.org/surfing/weather/andyindex.html
Hurricane Fran Lessons: http://octopus.gma.org/surfing/weather/franindex.html
National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Hurricanes: The Greatest Storms on Earth
NASA offers these websites with background information, data, images, and weblinks about hurricane formation, anatomy, climatology and more. The Hurricane web portal is designed for viewing and studying hurricanes with a variety of measurements from satellite-based NASA instruments.
Hurricane Preparedness Websites
NOAA teams up with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Environmental Protection Agency to offer two websites to bolster readiness for hurricane seasons. StormSmart Coasts assists in identifying what can be done before, during, and after a storm to enhance community resilience. The sister website, StormSmart Connect, provides a venue for real-time collaboration, allowing users to share documents and expertise.
Hurricane Resources from the BRIDGE
The destruction from hurricanes raises questions in the classroom regarding hurricane frequency, strength, duration and effects. Teachers can address these questions and examine hurricane data in the following BRIDGE Data Activities:
Haunted by Hurricanes - Access National Hurricane Center data to examine long-term hurricane patterns and questions regarding the impact of global climate change http://www.vims.edu/bridge/index_archive1004.html
Hurricanes! - Background information about hurricane formation is featured in this activity, along with introductory hurricane mapping tips http://www.vims.edu/bridge/index_archive0899.html
Without an Ark - Learn about some of the short-term and long-term effects of storm flooding on selected freshwater and estuarine organisms using data from the U.S. Geological Survey and plot Hurricane Floyd floods http://www2.vims.edu/bridge
The Hurricanes: Science and Society webinar series introduces a range of hurricane topics including the basics of hurricane science, advances in forecasting hurricanes, preparing for an approaching hurricane, and more. Webinars are archived on the website.
Hurricanes: Science and Society
The Hurricanes: Science and Society website provides information on the science of hurricanes and their impacts on people, buildings, and the environment. The website offers inquiry-based activities about wind in a hurricane, building a coastal home, and utilizing hurricane imagery.
NASA Hurricane Resources
NASA has developed educational tools including posters, visualizations and graphics, and classroom activities on hurricanes. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes
The National Hurricane Survival Initiative
A group of organizations, including the National Hurricane Center and the National
Emergency Management Association, have banded together to create the National Hurricane Survival Initiative. This website offers information about hurricane preparedness to the general public. The site’s materials are also available in Spanish. http://hurricanesafety.org/
NOAA Hurricane Resources
NOAA’s education resources portal is designed to assist educators in accessing the many educational materials offered throughout NOAA from one centralized interface. The Hurricanes resource collection includes multimedia resources, lessons and activities, real world data, background information, and much more. http://www.education.noaa.gov/
Online Hurricane Tools
The National Ocean Service offers online tools to monitor hurricanes and deliver relevant data before, during, and after a storm. Tools address water levels, observing systems, imagery, and long-term planning. http://oceanservice.noaa.gov
Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute website offers materials to teach and learn about aquatic environments. Topics include What Could a Hurricane do to my Home? and includes classroom activities for grades 1-12. http://octopus.gma.org/climate_change/index.html
The Science of Hurricane Sandy
Scientific American's live blog offers updates on the storm and its aftermath, answers readers' questions, and offers personal observations. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com
Teaching and Learning About Hurricanes
The Learning Network blog from Teaching & Learning with the New York Times offers links to many resources about Hurricane Sandy, along with many links to additional hurricane resources.
Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery
The Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery website from University of Florida Extension offers disaster preparedness and recovery topics. Chapters include Restoring Trees after a Hurricane, Selecting Coastal Plain Species for Wind Resistance, and much more. The website links to many other resources available through EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source), including a variety of handbooks and guides. Be sure to check out Environment under the Topics tab.
Virtual Barrier Island
The Bureau of Economic Geology along with the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, has developed a 3-D virtual model of the Gulf of Mexico and Texas coastal environments. The model can be used in the classroom and by the general public to explore how relative sea level change rise, caused by climate change and other causes, may impact the coastal zone. The website offers the downloadable 3-D model, a lesson plan, teacher’s introduction, and a virtual reality video which explains how to navigate and manipulate the data within the model. http://coastal.beg.utexas.edu/thscmp/vbi.htm
Virtual Hurricane Classroom
This collection of resources on hurricanes from the SouthEast U.S. Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEACOOS) includes a selection of activities in which students investigate storm surge, learn hurricane terminology, build and use their own weather instruments, and more. http://seacoos.org/Community%20and%20Classroom/hurricane-classroom
Wetlands and Hurricanes
This instructional guide from the Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources is designed to provide instructors with lecture materials and resources that examine the complex relationship between wetlands and hurricanes, using Hurricane Katrina as a case study. The module describes the vulnerability of the Gulf Coast to damage from hurricanes and the role that wetlands and barrier islands play in coastal protection. Check out the full Wetlands Ecology and Management series. Note that the materials are still available on this website.
What Animals Do Before a Hurricane
Sylvan Dell Books' Ready, Set... Wait! What Animals Do Before a Hurricane for the younger student is available for review by pdf, and for downloading through their new iPad app (see above). http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com
The aim of this collection is to highlight excellent, relevant, and standards-based lesson plans that focus on local environments and/or are developed by local stakeholders. If you have a lesson plan that you think other teachers would find useful, please send the information to LessonPlans@nysmea.org. For a great comprehensive national database of lesson plans and educational materials, visit The Bridge.