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A Hurricane Is Coming Assignment

  1. 1. A Hurricane is Coming! A Hurricane is Coming! It is time to evacuate! Every time this warning goes out, some do not heed the call! In every major storm, life is lost along with the countless dollars in property damage. In every storm rescue workers put their own lives at risk, trying to save people who haven’t heard or haven’t heeded the call to go. Even in the after math of a storm it can be difficult to keep people safe in an area with no communication, no clean water, no power. Before Hurricane Ike Hurricanes are an http://geology.com/usgs/hurricane-ike-pictures.shtml increasing threat to our costal regions. (Images: Oblique aerial photography of Bolivar Peninsula, TX, on September 9, 2008 (top) and September 15, 2008, two days after landfall of Hurricane Ike (bottom). Yellow arrows mark features that appear in each image. In addition to the loss of houses, the evidence of inundation here includes eroded dune face and sand deposited well inland of the shoreline.) Weather goes through long time cycles or phases and we have entered a more intense phase for hurricanes seasons. Beyond that, the severities of the recent storms are still unprecedented. After Hurricane Ike There is strong After Hurricane Ike evidence that this http://geology.com/usgs/hurricane-ike-pictures.shtmlhttp://geology.com/usgs/hurricane-ike-pictures.shtml is due to global warming which can increase the intensity of a hurricane storm. This puts our coastal communities in increasing jeopardy. Now more than ever, we must make people understand how important it is for them to evacuate. Citizens need to know how much we understand about how hurricanes develop and why we think the upcoming season will have intense storms. Your team’s job is to create an informational movie or PowerPoint presentation to deliver to the communities
  2. 2. about how the decision to evacuate is formulated. You need to teach them how hurricanes form and how scientists estimate the intensity from the conditions in which the storm forms. How this intense phase of hurricane seasons are being effected by global warming. For people to take evacuation seriously, they need to know what goes into the decision. Your job as a team is to make sure people understand the threat. When the time comes they will understand the severity of the situation. They will be ready and they will go to safety, keep rescue workers safe as well! Your job is to explore your understanding of hurricanes, climate and global warming, collaborate with your teammates, learn through research and discussion, collaborate more and then communicate your team’s understanding to a community group. Here are the 6 steps to follow: Read the entire description of the project including the rubric before beginning One: Brainstorm. Every person should first make a write what s/he knows about the following list of questions. Write all the sphere to sphere connections, event to sphere connections and causal chains. As you go, create a list of things you need to know or questions that you have. • What is a hurricane? How are hurricanes created? • What conditions intensify hurricanes? What effect do warming temperature have? • How do hurricanes move? What happens when they make landfall? Two: Collaborate by brainstorming with your teammates. Do this by sharing your lists with each other. Choose a note-taker and a question-writer. Give a written version of your brainstorm to the note-taker and keep one for yourself. Share you understanding through discussion. How does your ESS analysis compare to others? Try to answer others questions as a group. As you go have the question-writer keep a list of questions the group needs to research. Three: Research by dividing up the research questions between teammates. Research using from the list given or from trusted sites. Answer the questions as fully as you can. Four: Collaborate more by sharing your research and deciding what points and information need to be included in your PowerPoint. Create a list of questions that the
  3. 3. group still has which may be extension questions. Reevaluate your group list of connections and chains. Add our new understanding. Five: Create a PowerPoint that describes your scientific understanding of hurricanes development and the effect of interconnectedness of the ES systems. Include what you have learned about the path of hurricanes and development of hurricane intensity. Make sure that you use images, charts and /or graphs to help your explanation and hold interest. Also, create a bulleted list of the important information you are including. Share this list with your instructor and the other groups to get feedback to prepare yourselves for the presentation. Give feedback to other groups on their lists. Revise your PowerPoint if needed. Six: Present it to a group of “community members” (This may include parents, school staff and students.) Ask your Audience for feedback. Do they understand how hurricanes are formed? Do they have a sense of how interconnected Does this knowledge help them to understand why evacuation is necessary? Rubric follows Extensions: Wetland extension- What kind of effect do national and local wetland policies have extent of the destruction that hurricanes have on the land? How is local wetland policy influenced by industry? What effect does the upper Mississippi River Basin have on the wetlands and shorelines that are likely to be vulnerable to hurricanes? Websites: Movie- brief overview of what is a hurricane development: http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/hurricane-development.html Straight-forward description of Hurricanes with interactive pieces. Very cool GoogleEarth Hurricane tracker with NASA info. Click around to multiple pages. Lots of info. http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/hurr/home.rxml Categorizing Hurricane intensity http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/sevweath/swintensity.html from part of a NASA partnered project called Center for Educational Technologies NOAA description of The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml NG article on the effects of global warming on Hurricanes: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/08/0804_050804_hurricanewarming_2.ht ml Useful liks from this page to Global Warming and Hurricanes. GFDL Model Simulations: Atlantic Hurricane Activity. http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/~tk/glob_warm_hurr.html NOAA scientist study presented.
  4. 4. Regular fluctuation of temperatures and hurricanes http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/amo_faq.php Coral like tree rings as evidence of our past (It must be in two lines as seen to connect) http://www.gsajournals.org/perlserv/?request=get- abstract&doi=10.1130%2FG24321A.1&ct=1 Hurricane Research Division-Frequently asked questions/Hurricane awareness http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/tcfaqHED.html Hurricanes general info http://www.fema.gov/kids/hurr.htm Hurricanes...Unleashing Natures Fury, A preparedness guide. Useful generalized list http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/hurr.pdf